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Prologue into King Lear - The Enigma of Shakespeare Just a small number of the plays (some seven hundred) written during the Golden Age of Elizabethan play (1590-1610) survive to printing (Nolan 30). Popular play in the 1580s existed since no longer than the street careers of clowns and jugglers performing the occasional striking interlude (Nolan 35). As with all the "bohemian" and "hippie" youth moves in nyc, Los Angeles, San Francisco and other American towns throughout the sixties, rings of reckless childhood with college and errands educations invaded the London urban underworld and road culture from the latter half of the sixteenth century, now living largely by their own wits and talents. Within their early careers, they composed for local actors of street plays, much like the early Beatles, Roy Orbison, Willie Nelson and Buddy Holly composed material for several other more popular celebrities in Liverpool and Nashville before they obtained their big break in the industry (Rinehart). Implementing the vagabond actors and actors living in the poorer trunk of London, they kindled an era of art which jelqing for one single twenty-year episode, leaving just a few names such as Shakespeare etched in the minds of middle-class London merchants and customers of that era ("Elizabethan London"). As Elizabethan drama blazed only briefly, couple of intellectuals paid particular focus on the plays throughout the decades of the performance (Folgeroy); the critics of the time scoffed in them (Hall 2: 126). Prospective scholars of drama appreciated the Elizabethan era only since they had been raking over the ashes of a disappeared art form (Ardath, "Hunting"). Even Shakespeare hadn't any blunt biographer to chronicle the impor...