Shakespeare in Love
by Gary Johnson
Much of William Shakespeare's life remains a mystery. Most scholars agree that he was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1554 and that in 1582 he married Anne Hathaway, but about the details of his life, we know precious little.
In 1593 Shakespeare wrote some of his most erotic sonnets, and soon afterwards, in 1594, he wrote one of the world's greatest romantic tragedies, Romeo and Juliet. But what was the impetus for this influx of romance into his writing? Did a real-life muse influence Shakespeare's art?
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