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Godwin, The Greenwood Tree: A Portrait of William Shakespeare (Pages 60-61)

The Greenwood Tree: A Portrait of William Shakespeare
Pages 60-61: A young William courts Anne Hathaway in the forest using his own poetry. This fantasy connects Shakespeare’s professional writing with his personal life.

Godwin, The Greenwood Tree: A Portrait of William Shakespeare (Pages 128-129)

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Pages 128-129: The Godwins depict Queen Elizabeth I as “absorbed” by a performance of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Via Elizabeth’s perspective, they offer conventional praise of Shakespeare’s ability to inspire the audience’s identification with his…

Godwin, The Greenwood Tree: A Portrait of William Shakespeare (Pages 104-105)

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Pages 104-105: Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, and Christopher Marlowe debate the age’s potential for literary greatness at a tavern, as a happy barmaid hoists a tankard.