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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)

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.

“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.

Edmund Spenser. English poet and author of 'The Faerie Queene' which was put to music by Henry Purcell: c.1552 – 13 January 1599.  (Photo by Culture Club/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

Edmund Spenser. English poet and author of 'The Faerie Queene' which was put to music by Henry Purcell: c.1552 – 13 January 1599. (Photo by Culture Club/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

Geoffrey Chaucer portrait. English author, poet and philosopher: c 1343 – October 25, 1400.( Bodleian Library.)  (Photo by Culture Club/Getty Images)

Geoffrey Chaucer portrait. English author, poet and philosopher: c 1343 – October 25, 1400.( Bodleian Library.) (Photo by Culture Club/Getty Images)

William Shakespeare  it is not in the stars to hold our

William Shakespeare it is not in the stars to hold our

William Shakespeare - Big oil pastel portrait - 19.68x 25.60 inches-  50x65 cm…

William Shakespeare - Big oil pastel portrait - 19.68x 25.60 inches- 50x65 cm…

Shakespeare | Liebig S1111 Famous Actor Playwrights - William Shakespeare | Liebig Beef Extract "Famous Actor-Playwrights" Belgian issue, 1921

Shakespeare | Liebig S1111 Famous Actor Playwrights - William Shakespeare | Liebig Beef Extract "Famous Actor-Playwrights" Belgian issue, 1921

William Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England. English poet and playwright baptised 26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616. Colourised version.  (Photo by Culture Club/Getty Images)

William Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England. English poet and playwright baptised 26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616. Colourised version. (Photo by Culture Club/Getty Images)

Herman Melville (August 1, 1819 – September 28, 1891)  Moby-Dick; or, The Whale (1851) Pierre: or, The Ambiguities (1852)

Herman Melville (August 1, 1819 – September 28, 1891) Moby-Dick; or, The Whale (1851) Pierre: or, The Ambiguities (1852)

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 ***

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 ***

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