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Life of William Shakespeare

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Shenee Downer

on 21 October 2014

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Married Life
Still a young boy and not knowing much about marriage, William Shakespeare got married at the age of 18. His wife Anne Hathaway was 8 years older than him and pregnant but he cared less about the age difference. After William died in 1616, his wife died 7 years later.

Shakespeare's Work
Tradition has it that William Shakespeare died on his birthday, April 23, 1616 at the age of 52, though many people believe this is a myth. In his will, it is said that he left most of possessions to his eldest daughter, Susanna.
William Shakespeare's birth is and has always been unknown. He was baptized on April 26 1564 however his birthday is traditionally celebrated on April 23 1956. It's funny how they aren't sure of when he was born but know when he was baptized. Shakespeare was baptized at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon.
He lived in Stratford-upon-Avon, England.He was the child of John Shakespeare, a leather merchant, and Mary Arden, a local landed heiress.
Early life Cont'd
William was the third of 8 children. Three of his siblings died when they were young. He was an English poet, actor, and playwright. He was also considered the greatest dramatist of all times.
William was educated at the King's New School in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England for free. People however, wondered where he got his knowledge about reading and writing.
Isn't she beautiful???
Wait, oops :O wrong person...
Here she is :)
Six months after the marriage Anne gave birth to a daughter, Susanna and 2 years later had twins, Hamnet and Judith. Susanna was baptized on May 26 1583. The twins were baptized on February 2 1585. Hamnet died at age 11.
After the birth of the twins, there are seven years of William Shakespeare's life where no records exist and that period was known as "The lost years". It was said that he went to London to find work but no one really knew.
Between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part-owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men. He retired around 1613 at age 49. Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1589 and 1613. His early plays were mainly comedies and histories and these works remain regarded as some of the best work produced in these genres even today. He created his plays between about 1590 and 1614. He wrote 37 plays but only 15 were published.
With the exception of Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare's first plays were mostly histories written in the early 1590s, such as Richard II, Henry VI (parts 1, 2 and 3) and Henry V.
Married Life Contd
“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”
“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”
“Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.”
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