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The Life of William Shakespeare (1565-1616)

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Jenny Rusk

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Transcript of The Life of William Shakespeare (1565-1616)

Timeless Works
After writing over 36 plays and 150 poems Shakespeare's work has left deep impressions on the human race. People today still marvel at his wisdom and knowledge of the human nature. Shakespeare's plays where never published until 1623 so that no other company could perform them. His partners called his publishings' "the first folio" because it was so large.
The Life of William Shakespeare (1565-1616)
Luxury in London
Once his two daughters were married, in 1587 Shakespeare moved to London, where all the best dramatist wanted to go. By 1592 he was successful in the London theater. The works of his first few years were dedicated to noblemen seeing those connected with the theater had very low legal status.
Variety and Prosperity
Shakespeare's earliest plays Richard III, Comedy of Errors, and Titus Andronicus were the starts of Shakespeare's prosperity in London. With the money he earned he bought New Place, a house so elegant that even the queen of England stayed for a night, in Stratford. Also with his new found money he sent his father to the Heralds' College for a coat of arms so his family could signify they were "gentlefolk".
The Tragic Period
After years of prosperity his play writing slowed down. King James took over the patronage and renamed it the Kings Men so they could perform anywhere. King James raised their salaries. Yet Shakespeare's wealth was flourishing he began to write some of his most tragic works.
The Death
In 1610 Shakespeare retired to his home ion Stratford, but still took part in management in two of the the King's Men theaters: the Globe and The Blackfriars. In his last two years of life he spent with his daughter Susanna and her daughter Elizabeth. He died on April 23, 1616 and was buried under the church in Stratford where he left a poem saying if someone were to touch his bones they would be cursed.
The Beginning
William Shakespeare was born on April 26, 1564 in Stratford-on-Avon, in Warwickshire where he attended grammar school. He married Anne Hathaway at age eighteen and had two daughters, Susanna and Judith, and a son named Hamnet who died at age 11.
By: Katie Cox, McKayla Wallen, Tori Rhodus, Jacqueline Garrison, Jenny Rusk
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