Is Shakespeare Dead? From My Autobiography

By Mark Twain

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...Transcribed from the 1909 Harper & Brothers edition by David Price, email
ccx074@pglaf.org. Proofing by...

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...years ago Orton
had a huge army of devotees and incorrigible adherents, many of whom
remained stubbornly...

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...bear, the armed rhinoceros or the _there_ she goes! meet her,
meet...

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...thirteen
hundred miles of river four times traversed in every thirty-five
days--the time required by that swift...

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...Not the entire way, but far enough to answer the
requirements of the case. That...

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...where he lived. He did read it; read
it with surpassing fire and spirit; read...

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...delivered it, and I obeyed.

Oh, dear, how long ago it was--how pathetically long ago! ...

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...boy in the village who could be hired to do such a
thing. I was...

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...and "unquestionablys," and
"without a shadow of doubts"--and behold!

_Materials_? Why, we had enough to build...

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...Unknowns, the
two Illustrious Conjecturabilities! They are the best-known unknown
persons that have ever drawn breath...

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...rights in a certain common, and did not succeed.

He lived five or six years--till 1616--in...

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...rich, and in her mature
womanhood she couldn't write and couldn't tell her husband's manuscript
from anybody...

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...him
to leave the school they supposed he attended, and get to work and help
support his...

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...for all time! It is the very way Professor Osborn
and I built the colossal...

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...treasures the moment he
got to London. And according to the surmisers, that is what...

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...around, and qualified himself to put their scenic
and social aspects upon paper; that he perfected...

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...Shakespearites. Both parties handle the same materials, but
the Baconians seem to me to get...

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...a mouse when opportunity offers; the plain inference, therefore is,
that that is what it _did_....

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..._celebrity_? Apparently not. For everybody soon
forgot to remember any contact with him or...

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...banks
of the Mississippi, when I was two and a half years old. I entered
school...

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...consequence? Had
the inquirer an engagement to see a dog-fight and couldn't spare the
time?

It all...

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...knew some
thousands of things about human life in all its shades and grades, and
about the...

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...him:

Having hove short, cast off the gaskets, and made the bunt...

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...were off and the bunt dropped. "Sheet home the
fore-royal!"--"Weather sheet's...

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...quicksilver and
sulphate of copper; and how to clean them up, and how to reduce the
resulting...

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...If the verdict was Yes,
I should feel quite convinced that the Stratford Shakespeare, the actor,
manager,...

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...writer is a layman or "one of the craft."

But when a layman ventures to plunge...

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...and exactness in the use of that
phraseology, it does not even place him in the...

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...of the first
legal authorities of his day, famous for his "remarkable grasp of legal
principles," and...

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...opinion as to the probability of this being true.
His answer was as follows: "You require...

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...from the old clerk who showed him over the
church, and it is unhesitatingly accepted as...

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... But
the author of the _Plays_ and _Poems must_ have had a very large and...

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...an actual
attendance at the Courts, at a Pleader's Chambers, and on circuit, or by
associating intimately...

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...of sixteen, bound apprentice
to a trade. While under the obligation of this bond he...

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...relied upon, taken
his share in the performances of the provincial tours of his company--and
at the...

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...superstition call _us_ the
hardest names they can think of, and they keep doing it all...

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...it was that had been
along there: there was only one Hercules.

There has been only one...

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...out from all
acquaintance--not merely with Cicero and Virgil, but with the most
interesting memoirs, state papers,...

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...become apprentice to a butcher. They also "presume"
that the butcher was his father. ...

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..._thought_ in legal phrases; the commonest legal phrases, the
commonest of legal expressions were ever at...

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...conducted the great case of
the _Post Nati_ in the Exchequer Chamber;...

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...for
hard work, but Bacon had to add the vast literary industries just
described, to satisfy his....

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...knowledge in which Bacon excelled all men was a knowledge of the
...

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...domains of science--all the
past, the present and the future, all the...

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...grieve me to know that any one could think
so injuriously of me, so uncomplimentarily, so...

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...no such thing as a witch; it has taken
several thousand years to convince that same...

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...for me to be irreverent toward it. I cannot call to mind a
single instance...

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...And people will say, "Whose
business is it, what gods I worship and what things hold...

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... You can get the details of the lives of all the
celebrated ecclesiastics in the...

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...and more
solicitous about his Works, it would have been better for his good name,
and a...

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...of the town he made famous and
the town that made him...

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...will go swooping up Hannibal chimneys as long as
gray-beards gather about...

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...a fame a
hundred times greater and several hundred times more particularized in
the matter of definite...