William Shakespeare by BAyley cosby

PErsonal LIfe

Shakespeare is said to be born on April 23, 1564 in Stratford-Upon-Avon, United Kingdom. He was baptized on April 26, 1564 only 3 days after being born.

He married Anne Hathaway on November 28, 1582. She was 26 and he was 18. They were expecting there first child before they were married. Their daughter Susanna was born on May 26, 1583. Two years later on February 2, 1585 the twins, Hamnet and Judith were born. Hamnet however died before his first birthday due to unknown health reasons.

William Shakespeare sitting with his family.

LOst years

7 years after the twins were born are refereed to as the lost years. there is no known records of Shakespeare's life during this period. There are a few theories though. Theory one: He had gone into hiding for poaching game from the local landlord, Sir Thomas Lucy. Theory two: that he had gone off to be an assistant school master in Landcashire.

In 1592 there was evidence of money made as an actor and play writer in London. In 1590 he was managing partner in the Lord Chamberlains Men, actors in London. The crowning of King James I in 1603, name changed to Kings Men.

What happened to him during this time shall forever remain a mystery.

Start of his career

By 1597 15 out of 37 of his played were published. In 1599 he built a theater called the Globe. In 1597 Shakespeare purchased the second largest house in Stratford, it was a 4 day ride by horse from Straford to London. So he only came home once a year during the 40 day lenten period

Did you know during this time all actors were males? so the female role would have to be played by a male.

Early works

The early works of Shakespeare include: Henry VI, Part II, Henry VI, Part III, Henry VI, Part I, Richard III, Comedy of Errors. Though we cannot be certain of the chronological list of Shakespeare's plays scholars have made a list based on four factors, when it was in the print, publication dates of sources, events and allusions that happen in the play, and the records of play performances due to Shakespeare contemporaries.

Shakespeare was a play writer with many talents he could write plays that were tragedies, plays that were heartbreaking, plays that made you laugh. Shakespeare wrote some comedies in his time such as: A midsummer night's dream, Merchant of Venice, Twelfth night, and Charming as you like it.

LAte works

Late Works: Tragedies Late 1600s- Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth. Characters present vivid impressions of human temperament timeless and universal. Usually destory the hero and/or the ones he loves

During Shakesperes final period he wrote plays such as : Tragicomedies Cymbeline, The Winter's Tale, and The Tempest Graver in tone than that of comedies instead of dark tragedies because they end with reconciliation and forgiveness.


It is believed that he died on April 23, 1616. This is not 100% accurate because of records during this time period but it is believed due to his burial two days later on April 25. It was written in his will that the bulk of his assets are to go to his daughter Susanna. However his wife was two get 1/3 of it. He refereed to her as "second-best bed" meaning bed of the mistress. His memorial bust at Holy Trinity Church in Straford.

Fun Facts

1.One of Shakespeare’s relatives on his mother’s side, William Arden, was arrested for plotting against Queen Elizabeth I, imprisoned in the Tower of London and executed.

2.Shakespeare has been credited for introducing more than 3,000 words to the English language by the Oxford dictionary.

3.No portraits of Shakespeare were painted during his lifetime, so all his existing portraits are at least partly guesswork.

Works cited

"William Shakespeare." Biography.com A&E Networks Television, 05 July 2016. web 18 Jan. 2017

Poets.org. Academy of American Poets, n.d. Web. 18 Jan. 2017.

Brown, John Russell, and David Bevington. "William Shakespeare." Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 30 Sept. 2016. Web. 18 Jan. 2017.

Panthers, Cyber. "19 Interesting Facts About William Shakespeare." OhFact! N.p., 21 July 2016. Web. 19 Jan. 2017.

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