Shakespeare Life

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Shakespeare Life

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 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 that 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 c...

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