William Shakespeare and his contemporaries. : Massinger, Beaumont, Shirley, Spenser, Drayton, Fletcher, Ben Jonson. English poet and playwright baptised 26 April 1564 23 April 1616. (Photo by Culture Club/Getty Images)
“Shakespeare and His Friends at the Mermaid Tavern,” painting by John Faed, 1851. From left in back: Joshua Sylvester, John Selden, Francis Beaumont. Seated at table from left: William Camden, Thomas Sackville, John Fletcher, Sir Francis Bacon, Ben Jonson, John Donne, Samuel Daniel, Shakespeare, Sir Walter Raleigh, the Earl of Southampton, Sir Robert Cotton, and Thomas Dekker.
Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith. 'Attendance on a Nobleman' by Thomas Rowlandson, English artist: 1757 - 1827. OG: . Anglo-Irish writer, playwright, poet, physician 10 November 1730 or 1728 4 April 1774. (Photo by Culture Club/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***