An Early Play

 

One of the first of the "Shakespeare" historical dramas is "Henry VI" (1591-2), which bears unmistakable marks of the immaturity of a great genius.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge said :

"A young author's first work almost always bespeaks his recent pursuits."

Is it a coincidence that in this play thirty of the scenes are laid in London, where Francis Bacon was born; three are laid in St. Albans, where he was brought up; twenty are laid in France and in those provinces in France which he visited when he was seventeen years of age; one is laid in the Temple, an instituition for lawyers closely associated with Grays Inn, where he had rooms; one in the Houses of Parliament, which he had entered as a member at the age of thirty-three?

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