He asks two linked questions to what degree did shakespeare prosper financially and what place in society did he thereby come to occupy v all too many of the very numerous biographers have been heavy on wishful thinking hero worship pure fantasy and extrapolation from rather contradictory playtexts. Robert bearmans shakespeares money faces up to the vulgar question of how much money he made and finds it expedient to do so given that the financial records of what shakespeare and his family earned owed and paid represent the most capacious and meaningful pool of biographical evidence at our disposal drawing impetus from other . Shakespeares money how much did he make and what did this mean robert bearmanoxford oxford university press 2016 pp xi 196. Shakespeares money shakespeares money how much did he make and what did this mean robert bearman 1 3 great clarendon street oxford ox2 6dp united kingdom oxford university press is a department of the university of oxford it furthers the universitys objective of excellence in research scholarship. Shakespeare undoubtedly died a man of comfortable means but as this book demonstrates there is little to justify claims that he died possessed of great wealth the circumstances of his daughters marriages are asufficient indication that he had not achieved true gentlemanly status
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