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"In The Days Of Shakespeare" by Tudor Jenks, was published in New York in 1904. There are illustrations and tables that are included in this book at the end. These are also available for viewing and download at www.digitaltextpublishing.com (280 pages)

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... There are many aids to the study of poets and of their works in these days, and, in many cases, these aids are so intelligently prepared that they are, for their purpose, worthy of all praise. For the most part, however, these aids deal mainly, often exclusively, with matters presented by the text; with the exact meanings of the words, with references and allusions of all kinds, so that everything appears in clear light except the poet himself. Now the poet is the chief factor in his work, the determining factor. To know him is to bring to his work the secret of its power, of its charm, of its unique quality, whatever that may be. It must never be forgotten, moreover, that the end of all knowledge of books is to freshen and deepen the power to put the movement of life In them, and to enjoy the beauty which that stir of life takes on; in other words, to find joy in the art of the book. These are precisely the ends served by such a portraiture of a man and of his age as Mr. Jenks has made in his study of Chaucer. He has freshened our sense of the humanity of the poet, and he has so recovered the form and dress of a past age, that he has freshened our delight in his work. This series is to be extended to include similar books dealing with Shakespeare, Milton, Scott, and perhaps other writers, and can hardly fail to supplement in a very happy way the many admirable aids to the study of these writers.
Hamilton Wright Mabie,

Contents:

Chapter I. Who Shakespeare Was ---- Chapter II. The Shakespeares of Stratford on Avon ---- Chapter III. Shakespeare goes to London ---- Chapter IV. The Theatres and Actors ---- Chapter V. His Earliest Work for the Stage ---- Chapter VI. The Dramatists Growth in Power ---- Chapter VII. "Marlowe" Plays, and the First Tragedy ---- Chapter VIII. The Successful Playwright and his London ---- Chapter IX. A Day with Shakespeare -- The Merchant of Venice ---- Chapter X. The Merchant of Venice -- Shakespeare Prosperous -- He buys New Place ---- Chapter XI. Shakespeare in his Prosperity ---- Chapter XII. Shakespeare's Most Active Years ---- Chapter XIII. Last Years in London ---- Chapter XIV. His Latest Works ---- Chapter XV. His Closing Years and Death ---- Appendix ---- Chief Dates In Shakespeare's Life

Preface:
... It is not enough to know Shakespeare as the genius who created the greatest treasures of our literature. We should also realize that he was a boy in Stratford, a young man who went to seek his fortune in old London, an actor, playwright, manager, and man of affairs, who won a competence, enjoyed the friendship of the great Elizabethans, retired to the life of a country gentleman, and played his part in the everyday affairs of the time... This book aims to present the poet as he was known to his friends and neighbors, to tell the story of his life and times, and to record the happenings that influenced him, but it does not adopt uncertain conjectures to fill the gaps in our knowledge... The plan of this book does not include a detailed critical discussion of disputed questions, nor a critical commentary upon the lays except as they help us to know the times and the man, or the circumstances lat affected his treatment of the themes he dose. The few plays to which more space is given are those oftenest read both by young students of Shakespeare, and by general readers... As in the preceding volume on "Chaucer," a short bibliography is added, suggesting the best books for more minute study. There is also a chronological table of the poet's life.
Tudor J

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