Hardback with marbled boards and paper title piece on spine. By Arthur Gray MA, Master of Jesus College, Cambridge. Published by Cambridge University Press. First edition, 1926.
This work explores the possibility that William Shakespeare might have spent some part of his youth at Polesworth Hall, which was then on the northern edge of the Forest of Arden, about 30 miles north of Stratford. Polesworth Hall was the home of Sir Henry Goodere, patron of many young writers and musicians, and the focus of the ‘Polesworth Circle’, which would have given the young Shakespeare access to a cultural education, breadth of ideas and range of social contacts that could have had a major influence on his later work.
Arthur Gray (1852-1940) was an English academic who was a Fellow and then Master of Jesus College, Cambridge, holding that office until his death at the age of 87.
Hardback, no dust jacket. An attractive book with a few bumps to covers, some foxing, and an inscription on the front endpaper, but remaining in very good condition.