Matthew Adams

His son’s death may have inspired some of Shakespeare’s greatest lines, but he never recovered from the loss

The grief of Hamnet’s parents as they watch their adored child succumb to the plague is hauntingly described in Maggie O’Farrell’s novel

William Shakespeare. Credit: Getty Images

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