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Temple School Shakespeare
This series, published by arrangement with
Edited by F. ARMYTAGE-MORLEY, M.A.
As You Like It.
WITH NOTES, INTRODUCTION AND GLOSSARY
WITH SEVEN ILLUSTRATIONS
Alsc Many Illustrations in the Introduction and Glossary from Contemporary Prints
HENRY HOLT AND COMPANY
AS YOU LIKE IT.
Life of Shakespeare-Birth and Parentage.-The play of As You Like It was written by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, who was born at Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, on the 22nd or 23rd April 1564. The latter date has been accepted as the more likely, an old tradition stating that he died on the anniversary of his
birth, and we know beyond question his death occurred on April 23rd, 1616. His father, John Shakespeare, belonged to a family which had given generations of substantial yeomen to the Midland districts of England. At the time of the poet's birth John was a prosperous general merchant" in agricultural produce. Corn, malt, hides, wool, leather, hay are named among the wares in which he dealt. Aubrey, the first biographer of Shakespeare, styled the father of the latter "a butcher." Others have classed him as a "glover." Possibly, like colonial storekeepers of the present day, he may have united many branches of trade in himself, so as to consult the convenience of rural customers coming from a distance.