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William Barksted

(fl. c. 1597—1640) actor and poet


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(c. 1590–1616), actor and playwright. Barksted was called a ‘fine Comedian’ for his performances with the Children of the Queen's Revels and other Jacobean troupes. In his poem Myrra, the Mother of Adonis (1607), he urges that Shakespeare's ‘art and wit’ deserve the ‘laurel’, significant praise from a rival actor.

From The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.


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