Shakespeare, review, biography
Whoever hath her wish, thou hast thy Will,
And Will to boot, and Will in overplus;
More than enough am I that vex thee still
William Shakespeare, Sonnet 135, ll.1-3
It seems to be a kind of Respect due to the Memory of Excellent Men,
specially of those whom their Wit and Learning have made Famous,
to deliver some Account of themselves, as well as their Works, to Posterity.
For this Reason, how fond do we see some People of discovering any little
Personal Story of the great Men of Antiquity, their Families, the common
Accidents of their Lives, and even their Shape, Make and Features have been
the Subject of critical Enquiries. How trifling soever this Curiosity may seem
to be, it is certainly very Natural; and we are hardly satisfy’d with an Account
of any remarkable Person, ’till we have heard him describ’d even to the very
Cloaths he wears.
Nicholas Rowe, “Some Account of the Life, &c. of Mr. William Shakespear” (1709), [A1r-A1v]
Gearhart, Stephannie S.
"Review Essay: “Will in Overplus” A Review of Shakespeare Biographies,"
Quidditas: Vol. 30
, Article 12.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/rmmra/vol30/iss1/12