Within two years of writing his first play, "Henry VI, Part One," which put him on London's theatrical map, Williams Shakespeare was so famous that established playwright Robert Greene referred to him as an "upstart crow" in a critique of his work. Shakespeare wrote "Henry VI, Part One" while still living in his native Stratford. Shortly thereafter, he moved to London to continue writing plays as well as acting.Know More
Shakespeare's plays and other written works are known for their wit, clear language, vivid characters and universal themes. These qualities, which have allowed his work to stand the test of time, were appreciated during the writer's own time as well as they are today.
King James regularly invited Shakespeare to appear in court, as he enjoyed the writer's performances and story-telling abilities.
In 1594 and 1595, Shakespeare received positive reviews for his play "Lucrece." By 1598, his work was so sought-after that publishers began attaching his name to printed copies of his poetry and prose in hopes of selling more of them, a custom not common in times when readers cared less about the identity of authors.
In 1605, British historian William Camden wrote that Shakespeare was among the best contemporary writers of his time.Learn More
The conflicts in Act I of "The Crucible," the Tony award-winning play by Arthur Miller, center around the lead character of John Proctor and secondarily around the character of Abigail. Proctor, the lead character, finds himself in conflict with the Reverend Parris over his dislike of Parris's sermons and attitude, with the newly-arrived Putnam family over land issues and with Abigail regarding their former affair, which she wants to renew. He also deals with his internal conflict over his guilt about that affair.Full Answer >
Samuel L. Clemens, who wrote under the pseudonym Mark Twain, was an American writer and satirist famous for the book "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and its sequel, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." He remains an enduring figure in American literature for his exploration of race and slavery in the South.Full Answer >
In William Shakespeare's "Hamlet," Horatio is twice sworn to secrecy by Hamlet in Act I. In each instance, Hamlet makes Horatio swear that he will not reveal that anyone has seen the ghost of Hamlet's father.Full Answer >
"Beowulf" reveals the essential values of the heroic warrior culture that characterizes Anglo-Saxon and other early Germanic societies. Their values uphold the warrior aristocracy, including loyalty and the high value placed on kinship.Full Answer >