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Hankins 1 L A Sherman asks and answers this one question which I have often asked my self What is Shakespeare Why does the world account him great and put him so generally at the head of all literary masters Most people at least such as has to do with books at some time or other ask themselves these questions and often fail of personal satisfying conclusions Men and women of liberal education for most part understand Shakespeares secret having divined it in consequence of many years of training Some common folk become his confident disciples without such aid But the great majority of readers seem not to know what Shakespeare is like or how a maker of plays should be held superior to authors who produce literature in a more popular and available form Sherman 1 William Shakespeare is said to be one of et playwrights of all times I agree with this statement but I feel as a Theatre major I do not know that much about this genius and that I could learn a lot more Like his childhood early beginning in the theatre The Globe and his treatment of Monastic life in his plays William Shakespeare was born to John and Mary on April 23 1564 He was baptized three days after the Holy Trinity the old collegiate church hearalded a period of prosperity when it had seemed that fortune smiled on John and Mary For after the loss of two daughters before Will they were blessed with 5 children after Will Gilbert 1566 Joanne 1569 Anne 1571 Richard 1574 and finally Edmund 1580 who followed in Hankins 2 his brother to become and actor At the age of fourteen the future was full of promise for the young Will he had the right like any good pupil of the grammar school to benefit by one of the scholarships which the generosity of
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