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By Arthur Gray

During this fascinating and thought-provoking 1926 quantity, Arthur grey, grasp of Jesus university, Cambridge from 1912 to 1940, explored the chance that William Shakespeare spent his youth at Polesworth corridor within the wooded area of Arden, maybe serving as a web page boy. The woodland of Arden as soon as stretched from simply north of Stratford-upon-Avon to Tamworth, and coated what's now Birmingham; Polesworth, close to Tamworth, was once the house of Sir Henry Goodere and the centre of the famed 'Polesworth Circle'. This just right concentration of artistic and cultural task could have provided the younger William publicity to the best minds, an excellent schooling and helpful introductions. Sir Henry, who obviously knew John Shakespeare in Stratford, used to be definitely client of many younger writers and musicians, together with the eminent Elizabethan poet, Michael Drayton. If grey is right, Drayton might were a modern of Shakespeare's at Polesworth.

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Among the ' Lives' of Shakespeare the Outlines of Halliwell-Phillipps may be preferred as giving the sources of assertions and making a somewhat judicial distinction between the more and the less probable. I turn to the Index in his second volume under the heading Shakespeare, William. ' For all these statements there is no foundation of fact, and 14 The Stratford Legend most of them have no probability to recommend them. Worse than that, they remove the real Shakespeare from us and make him incomprehensible, a portent.

Upon his leaving school he seems to have given intirely into that way of living which his father propos'd to him: and in order to settle in the world after a family manner, he thought fit to marry while he was yet very young'—a 'settlement,' surely, remarkable in a penniless apprentice. ' In this kind of settlement he continu'd for some time, 'till an extravagance that he was guilty of forc'd him both out of his country and that way of living that he had taken up.. . He had, by a misfortune common enough to young fellows, fallen into ill company; and amongst them, some that made a frequent practice of deerstealing engag'd him with them more than once in robbing a park that belong'd to Sir Thomas Lucy of Cherlecot, near Stratford.

Such was the actual world of Dickens: Gonzalo's commonwealth never entered his vision. Yet one advantage was given to Dickens which was denied to the Stratford * Oddly, John Dickens, like John Shakespeare, had a family of seven children. 34 Concerning Genius apprentice. He was introduced in early days to all the turmoil and variety of London streets. Mr Weller senior prided himself on the education which he allowed to his son of running in the streets, sleeping in markets, etc. That was a larger experience of life than was afforded by Henley Street.

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