William Shakespeare

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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 family of considerable wealth and social
standing. 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 a 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...

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