The fool thinks himself to be wise. The wiseman knows himself to be a fool--Shakespeare-- As You Like It
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David Garrick (1717-1779) as Richard
David Garrick, Actor, Entrepreneur, fertilized the imaginations of the Stratfordians with his elaborately "staged" but fabricated legend of William Shakespeare. In Stratford, Shakespere the man was not celebrated as the famous playwright while he was alive and for over a hundred years after his death; (1616) until David Garrick came to town. Astonished that Stratford had not fully acknowledged him Garrick started a tradition in 1769 by having a grand jubilee.
Garrick was buried in Westminster Abbey. There is a statue of him and underneath it is written the following lines:
To paint fair nature by divine
For more information read The Cult of Shakespeare by F.E. Halliday. 1957.
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