Scope and Content

First published in 1970, Burgess's richly illustrated speculative biography follows Shakespeare from his beginnings in Stratford to his success in the London theatre and, eventually, to his affluent semi-retirement.

The biography was initially drafted under the title "Will's World: The Life and Times of Gulielmus Shaksper".

This series contains an incomplete draft of the biography and manuscript notes (by Burgess) relating to Shakespeare's daughters, Judith and Susanna.

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