Cervantes & Shakespeare: Two Writers who significantly shaped Western Literature - American Minute with Bill Federer
One of France's greatest writers, Victor Hugo, wrote in his Preface to Cromwell, 1827:
"Lastly, this threefold poetry flows from three great sources -- the Bible, Homer, Shakespeare ...
The Bible before the Iliad, the Iliad before Shakespeare."
Victor Hugo stated:
"England has two books, the Bible and Shakespeare. England made Shakespeare, but the Bible made England."