Warwickshire is the heart of England, and it was by one of those historic proprieties that illuminate things that Shakespeare, in whom the English people are most fully and faithfully mirrored, should have been born there in the Elizabethan age. These things, place and time — the very dates 1564–1616 — are significant: if he had been born twenty years earlier or later, his achievement would not have been what it was. The time would have been not ripe, or it would have been overripe, for him and his work as we have it. His career and his work, what he made of his opportunity and his providential good fortune, provide a signal example of the fruitful marriage of the right moment with the man.
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