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Shakespeare

William Shakespeare



William Shakespeare was a great English playwright, dramatist and poet who lived during
the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Shakespeare is considered to be the
greatest playwright of all time. No other writer's plays have been produced so many times
or read so widely in so many countries as his. Shakespeare was born to middle class
parents. His father, John, was a Stratford businessman. He was a glove maker who owned a
leather shop. John Shakespeare was a well-known and respected man in the town. He held
several important local governmental positions.


William Shakespeare's mother was Mary Arden. Though she was the daughter of a local
farmer, she was related to a wealthy family. Mary Arden and John Shakespeare were married
in 1557. William Shakespeare was born in Stratford in 1564. He was one of eight children.
The Shakespeare's were well-respected prominent people. When William Shakespeare was about
seven years old, he probably began attending the Stratford Grammar School with other boys
of his social class. Students went to school year round attending school for nine hours a
day. The teachers were strict disciplinarians. Though Shakespeare spent long hours at
school, his boyhood was probably fascinating. Stratford was a lively town and during
holidays, it was known to put on pageants and many popular shows. It also held several
large fairs during the year. Stratford was an exciting place to live. Stratford also had
fields and woods surrounding it giving William the opportunity to hunt and trap small
game.


The River Avon, which ran through the town, allowed him to fish also. Shakespeare's' poems
and plays show his love of nature and rural life which reflects his childhood. On November
28, 1582, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway of the neighboring village of Shottery. She
was twenty-six, and he was only eighteen at the time. They had three children. Susana was
their first and then they had twins, Hamnet and Judith. Hamnet, Shakespeare's son, died in
1596. In 1607, his daughter Susana got married. Shakespeare's other daughter, Judith, got
married in 1616. In London, Shakespeare's career took off. It is believed that he may have
become well known in London theatrical life by 1592.


By that time, he had joined one of the city's repertory theater companies. These companies
were made up of a permanent cast of actors who presented different plays week after week.
The companies were commercial organizations that depended on admission from their
audience. Scholars know that Shakespeare belonged to one of the most popular acting
companies in London called The Lord Chamberlain's Men. Shakespeare was a leading member of
the group from 1594 for the rest of his career. 1594 he had produced at least six of
Shakespeare's plays. During Shakespeare's life, there were two monarchs who ruled England.
They were Henry the eighth and Elizabeth the first.


On November 28, 1582, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway of the neighboring village of
Shottery. She was twenty-six, and he was only eighteen at the time. They had three
children. Susana was their first and then they had twins, Hamnet and Judith. Hamnet,
Shakespeare's son, died in 1596. In 1607, his daughter Susana got married. Shakespeare's
other daughter, Judith, got married in 1616



Both were impressed with Shakespeare which made his name known. There is evidence that he
was a member of a traveling theater group, and a schoolmaster. In 1594, he became an actor
and playwright for Lord Chamberlain's Men. In 1599, he became a part owner of the
prosperous Globe Theater. He also was a part owner of the Blackfriars Theater as of 1609.
Shakespeare retired to Stratford in 1613 where he wrote many of his excellent plays. There
are many reasons as to why William Shakespeare is so famous. He is generally considered to
be both the greatest dramatist the world has ever known as well as the finest poet who has
written in the English language.


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