ShakespeareS Biography

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Shakespeare'S Biography

Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-avon. His mother's name was Mary Arden, a member of the gentry. His father's name was John Glover Shakespeare, a commoner. John tried to regain their position in society by getting a coat of arms, but was rejected three times. William later, after achieving his fame, received a coat of arms known as Not without right that was in the shape of a shield. At the tender age of 14, (1578) William was apprenticed to a butcher. At 17, (1581) he was a liberteen, or a very wild and rambunctious teen. In 1582, between the ages
of 18 and 19, William met Ann Hathaway, 26, and she became pregnant. The two got married and had a little girl named Suzanna, who later married a doctor, Thomas Nash. They also were blessed with twins, Judith (Juliet) and Hamnet (Hamlet). They both died before adulthood.
William was no super model. He was bald, had the unattractive brown hair for the time, and was a country bumpkin. Although he had these unfavorable physical characteristics, he was still able to have many affairs behind his wife's back. In London especially, he had many affairs and was a wild party guy. Ann didn't like her husband's ways and was constantly nagging him. Because of her nagging, William left her their second best bed and nothing more. People don't know whether it was a sentimental
gesture or just for spite.
In 1588, Comedy of Errors was written, which is said to be his first play. 1588-1612 were known as his London days. H...

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