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Welcome to ELIZABETHAN SHAKESPEARE Professor Thomas Fulton
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ELIZABETH TUDOR (1533- 1603; reigned from 1558-1603). SHAKESPEARE (1564-1616): “He was not of an age, but for all time And art alive still, while thy book doth live, And we have wits to read, and praise to give.” -- Ben Jonson
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George Gower, Elizabeth I, ca.1588
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Shakespeare, First Folio Edition (1623) Engraving by Martin Droeshout
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Forged “Flower Portrait”
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Shakespeare “Chantos Portrait,” c. 1600
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Ben Jonson, “ Works” put out in the year of Shakespeare’s Death (1616)
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“Quarto” plays appeared in Shakespeare’s lifetime: literally paperbacks, pamphlets
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Thomas Bodley, the founder of the Bodleian Library, Oxford Plays are “riff-raff” and “Baggage books,” not to be shelved in the library: even if “some little profit might be reaped (which God knows is very little) out of some of our playbooks, the benefit thereof will nothing near countervail the harm that the scandal will bring into the library.”
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Sonnet 110 Alas ‘tis true, I have gone here and there, And made myself a motley to the view,
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This note was uploaded on 11/12/2011 for the course ENGLISH 350:322 taught by Professor Fulton during the Fall '10 term at Rutgers.

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