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  • Published: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409017462
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

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The Shakespeare Almanac is a day by day calendar of Shakespeare’s year. It follows the rural farming cycle of lambing to sheep-shearing to harvest home, as they are referred to in Shakespeare’s plays and poetry. It lists all the high days and holidays, from Christmas to Easter, Candelmas to Hocktide.

Every passing month is supplied with quotations from the plays about changeable weather patterns, or the flowers and plants as they appear, as well as the animals and birds he saw around him.

And each day, significant events during Shakespeare’s lifetime are recorded. These might be family occasions: the christening of his twins, the marriage of one of his daughters, or the date when he bought his house in Stratford.

There are eye-witness accounts of duels and executions, an accident at a bear baiting, a tilt in Westminster, a masque at Whitehall. Some days are accompanied by extracts from influential books of the period. For example on 24 January, reputedly the gloomiest day of the year, there is a pi

  • Pub date: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409017462
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

About the Author

Graham Greene

Graham Greene was born in 1904. He worked as a journalist and critic, and in 1940 became literary editor of the Spectator. He was later employed by the Foreign Office. As well as his many novels, Graham Greene wrote several collections of short stories, four travel books, six plays, three books of autobiography, two of biography and four books for children. He also wrote hundreds of essays, and film and book reviews. Graham Greene was a member of the Order of Merit and a Companion of Honour. He died in April 1991.

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