The life and works of Shakespeare Essay

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The life and works of Shakespeare




William Shakespeare is the world's most admired
playwright and poet. He was born in April, 1564 in
Stratford-upon-Avon, about 100 miles northwest of
London. According to the records of Stratford's Holy
Trinity Church, he was baptized on April 26. As with most
sixteenth century births, the actual day is not recorded but
people are guessing that he was born on April 23.
Shakespeare's parents were John and Mary Shakespeare,
who lived in Henley Street, Stratford. John, the son of
Richard Shakespeare, was a maker, worker and seller of
leather goods like purses, belts and gloves and a dealer in
agricultural commodities. He served in Stratford
government successively as a member of the Council ,
constable , chamberlain , alderman and finally high bailiff
which is the equivalent of town mayor. About 1577 John
Shakespeare's fortunes began to decline for unknown
reasons. There are records of debts.
William had seven siblings. He was the third child and
first born son. In the sixteenth century
Stratford-upon-Avon was an important agricultural center
and market town. The building in Henley street known
today as the birthplace of William Shakespeare was at the
time of his birth, two different buildings that John
Shakespeare bought at two different times.
William went to school at the Stratford Grammar
School. He had to show up at six or seven A.M. depending
on the season and stay there most of the day, six days a
week. William studied many different authors and
dramatists including Caesar, Cicero, Virgil, Horace, Livy,
and Ovid. Ovid was his favorite. Grammar school was the
beginning of Shakespeare's career. Almost everything he
mastered he learned there. After grammar school, William
went to the Warwickshire Countryside. There he played
parts in plays and wrote poetry.
The years 1594-1599 were momentous for
Shakespeare. He produced a steady stream of plays of the
highest quality. He continued as a principal actor and
manager in the Chamberlain's men, blessed with a stable
work environment in the theater. Finally in 1599, he
became part owner in the most prestigious public
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