The Missing Literary Evidence
A tremendous silence marked the death of Will Shakspere of Stratford-on-Avon.
The gravestone in his own church did not even carry his name. Not a single eulogy has been found, although eulogies were common. Nobody mentioned his death in any writings at the time or for years afterwards, not even Ben Jonson, who remained silent for seven years before suddenly praising Shakespeare as "the soul of the age." In the year Will Shakspere died ( 1616), Ben Jonson published not a word about his death, although in the same year he did address poems to Philip Sidney, Francis Beaumont, and John Donne. Nothing was left by anyone in the court of King James I, who had supported an acting company that performed Shakespeare's plays regularly.
In >Stratford, nothing from Will Shakspere's friends and neighbors where he was one of the richest landowners and should have been its most celebrated citizen, supposedly the successful poet and playwright in London and a familiar of the royal court. Nothing from his daughters, granted that they are generally believed to have been illiterate. Nothing from any of his descendants, ever.
Nothing, moreover, from his son-in-law, John Hall, a university graduate and physician whose wife inherited most of Will Shakspere's estate. Dr. Hall kept medical diaries in Latin and