I question only one point made by Mr Lister: 'What did Shakespeare actually do for a living? Playwright? Correct.' During the Tudor and Jacobean periods a playwright was extremely well rewarded if he got pounds 8 for a play script, which then became the sole property of the acting company. No, Shakespeare made his money as a very canny businessman, an actor/sharer of the Lord Chamberlain's Men and, later, the King's Men.
Sadly, forsooth, poets are born, not paid.
BARRY V. HAISMAN
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