Of the many works of this philosopher, essayist, translator, scientist, jurist, and scholar, the best known are The Advancement of Learning and The New Atlantis.
Tobie Matthew, a contemporary, said of Bacon:
"A man so rare in knowledge, of so many several kinds, endowed with the facility of expressing it all in so elegant, significant, so abundant and yet so choice and ravishing a way of words, of metaphors, of allusion, as perhaps the world has not seen since it was a world."
In Stratford-upon-Avon, the Shakespeare monument compares the author to Nestor (judge, statesman), Socrates (philosopher) and Virgil (scholar, poet). Bacon fits the description of all these men. He was involved with the masque theatricals at Gray’s Inn and is often associated with Love’s Labors Lost, which represents the French court where he travelled.
In 1867, a document called the “Northumberland Manuscript” was discovered in the house of the Duke of Northumberland, which contains 22 sheets of notes from 1596 where Bacon’s name is listed along with Shakespeare’s several times.
Mark Twain was convinced that Bacon was the man behind Shakespeare.
Sir Francis Bacon died of pneumonia in 1626 at the age of 66.