William Shakespeare (1564-1616) has long been considered the greatest of the English writers. Read on to find out about Paperblanks’ Shakespeare journal, with a cover that portrays something rare: one of the few traces of Shakespeare’s handwriting left to us.
One of Shakespeare’s Three Handwritten Pages, Depicted on a Journal Cover
Our covers depicts an excerpt from the banned play Sir Thomas More (1595). The play was written and revised by five different playwrights, of which Shakespeare was believed to be one. Scholars now accept that three manuscript pages of the play were handwritten by him.
The content of the page portrayed on our cover (seen above) exhibits Shakespeare’s disgust for the intolerance of Elizabethan England at that time. In it he wrote a passionate defense of refugees and displaced people:
Not one of you should live an aged man for other ruffians, as their fancies wrought with selfsame hand, self reasons, and self right would shark on you, and men like ravenous fishes would feed on one another.
This journal is available in both Mini and Ultra formats.
Paperblanks’ Embellished Manuscripts Collection
To inspire the writer, these unique writing journals portray the work of some of the greatest writers, thinkers and artists of all time. These reproductions of excerpts from original manuscripts, letters, scores and drawings provide a glimpse into the creative process of figures such as William Shakespeare, Sigmund Freud and Vincent van Gogh.
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