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peculiar character of the poet's drama; and, lastly, to produce a work, which, while it may satisfy the poetical antiquary, shall, from the variety, interest, and integrity of its component parts, be equally gratifying to the general reader.

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CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I.

Birth of Shakspeare-Account of his family-Orthography of his Name.

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CHAPTER II.

The House in which Shakspeare was born-Plague at Stratford, June, 1564-Shakspeare educateid

at the Free-school of Stratford-State of Education, and of Juvenile Literature in the Country

at this period—Extent of Shakspeare's acquirements as a Scholar.

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CHAPTER III.

Sbakspeare, after leaving School, follows his Father's Trade-Statement of Aubrey— Probably

present in his Twelfth Year at Kenilworth, when Elizabeth visited the Earl of Leicester-Tradi-

tion of Aubrey concerning him-Whether there is reason to suppose that, after leaving his Fa-

ther, he was placed in an Attorney's Office, who was likewise Seneschal or Steward of some

Manor-Anecdotes of Shakspeare-Allusions in his works to Barton, Wilnecotte, and Barston,

Villages in Warwickshire-Earthquake in 1580 alluded to—Whether, after leaving School, he

acquired any Knowledge of the French and Italian languages.

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CHAPTER IV.

Shakspeare married to Anne Hathaway-Account of the Hathaways—Cottage at Shottery-Birth

of his eldest Child, Susanna-Hamnet and Judith baptized-Anecdote of Shakspeare--Shak-

speare apparently settled in the Country. . .

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CHAPTER V.

A View of Country-Life during the Age of Shakspeare--Its Manners and Customs-Rural Cha-

racters; the Country-Gentleman-the Country-Coxcombấthe Country-Clergyman—the Coun-

try-Schoolmaster--the Farmer or Yeoman, his Mode of Living--the Huswife, her Domestic

Economy-the Farmer's lleir—the Poor Copyholder—the Downright Clown, or Plain Country-

Boor. .

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CHAPTER VI.

A View of Country-Life during the Age of Shakspeare-Manners and Customs continued-Rural

Holydays and Festivals ; New-Year's Day—Twelfth Day-Rock-Day-Plough-Monday-Shrove-

tide-Easter-tide-Hock-tide-May-Day-Whitsuntide--Ales; Leet-ale-Lamb-ale-Bride-ale

-Clerk-ale - Church-ale-Whitsun-ale - Sheep-shearing Feast -- Candlemas-Day-Harvest-

Home-Seed-cake Feast-Martinmas--Christmas.

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CHAPTER II.

Shakspeare commences a Writer of Poetry, probably about the year 1587, by the composition of his

Venus and 'Adonis-Historical Outline of Polite Literature, during the Age of Shakspeare.-

General passion for Letters--Bibliography--Shakspeare's Attachment to Books-Philology-
Criticism-Shakspeare's Progress in both-History, general, local, and personal, Shakspeare's
Acquaintance with-Miscellaneous Literature.

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nuine Plays-Observations on Pericles; on the Comedy of Errors ; on Love's Labour's Lost;

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