Excerpt from The Home of Shakspeare All that is kwn with any degree of certainty concerning Shakspere - is that he was born at Stratford-upon-Avon - married and had children there - went to London, where he commenced actor, and wrote poems and plays - returned to Stratford, made his will, died, and was buried. Such is the concise biography of our greatest poet, as given by Steevens;and although volumes have been written, more or less conjectural, on his life and times, they scarcely add a single fact to the meagre list of ordinary events he has enumerated. Slight, however, as these tices are, they invest the humble town of Stratford-upon-Avon with an interest which it would t otherwise possess. It was peculiarly the home of Shakspere: here he was born; here he passed his early youth; here he courted and won Anne Hathaway; here he sought that retirement which the avocations of his London career would occasionally allow him to indulge in; and here, when in riper age he had won hours and fortune in the great capital, he chose to return, and pass the latter days of a life where he had first seen the light: at Stratford he died and was buried. From the birthplace of Shakspere, says Washington Irving, a few paces brought me to his grave. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.