William Shakespeare, Love’s Labour’s Lost

The Date of Love’s Labour’s Lost “Love’s Labour’s Lost” may safely be regarded as the earliest of Shakespeare’s plays. Its composition may be assigned without much fear of refutation to the year 1591, when its author was twenty-seven years old. He had probably arrived in London in search of a career five years before, and had at length gained a firm hold on the theatrical profession. He had made some progress in the reputation of an actor. Then, growing conscious of the possession of a playwright’s capacity, he was ambitious to put that consciousness to a practical test.” (Lee, Sir … Continue

William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona

The Date of Two Gentlemen of Verona Shakespeare’s play “Two Gentlemen of Verona” is said to be one of Shakespeare’s earliest plays. In chronology, it is believed to have been produced after “Love’s Labor Lost” (1589) and “The Comedy of Errors” (1590). In his introduction, Garnett writes that the play “breathes the inspiration of eager, thoughtless, irresponsible youth” and clearly belongs among Shakespeare’s earliest works. The Plot of Two Gentlemen of Verona The plot of Shakespeare’s “Two Gentlemen of Verona”, as Garnett explains, is “expanded from an episode in the second book of Jorge de Montemayor’s famous Spanish romance2, “La … Continue

William Shakespeare, Comedy of Errors

The Date of the Comedy of Errors Shakespeare’s play “The Comedy of Errors” has been dated to 1590 AD, based on internal evidence that includes references to historical events. Among Shakespeare’s plays, it is said to be the second, set between “Love’s Labor Lost” (1589) and “Two Gentlemen of Verona” (1591). This places the date of this play in the midst of the Protestant Reformation in England, half a century after martyrdom of St. Thomas More (1535) and the Council of Trent (1545). The Plot of the Comedy of Errors This play is not an original creation of Shakespeare’s, but … Continue