Who was Shakespeare?

Rubinstein writes, “His parents were illiterate; he grew up in a small provincial town in which lived no more than a handful of educated men. His schooling ended at thirteen. There is no evidence that he owned a book. No manuscript definitely known to be by him survives. There are only six copies of his apparent signature, all on legal documents, where the name may have been written by a lawyer or clerk.” (Rubinstein).


C William D. Rubenstein is a history professor at University of Wales

A It matches with other sources

R The purpose is to inform us

R yes it does answer our question

D 2001

S Rubinstein, William. "WHO WAS SHAKESPEARE?" History Today 51.8 (2001): 28. Student Resources in Context. Web. 29 Mar. 2016.

Should he still be read today?

I think that Shakespeare should still be read today because people can get smarter from it.”Among other resources, it plans to offer Shakespeare: Print and Performance, a massive open online course (MOOC) that's designed to boost participants' knowledge of the Bard, his works, and his life.” (Charleton). Another reason I think it should still be read today is because it’s where some of our entertainment originated from, like how some of his playwrights are shown today. And lastly I think it should still be read today is because it’s fun.

Charlton, John. "Debatable copyright and online Shakespeare." Information Today Mar. 2016: 9.Student Resources in Context. Web. 30 Mar. 2016.