"Shakespeare, William (1564-1616), was an English playwright, poet, and actor. Many people regard him as the world’s greatest dramatist and the finest poet England has ever produced" (Lander).
"Shakespeare’s parents belonged to what today would be called the middle class. John Shakespeare, William’s father, was a glove maker who owned a shop in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon. Stratford is about 75 miles (120 kilometers) northwest of London in the county of Warwickshire. John Shakespeare was a respected man in the town and held several important positions in the local government" (Lander).
"William Shakespeare’s mother was born Mary Arden. She was the daughter of a farmer but related to a family of considerable social standing in the county. John Shakespeare married Mary Arden about 1557. The Ardens were Roman Catholics. Mary may also have been a Catholic, but the Shakespeare's publicly belonged to the Church of England, the state church" (Lander).
"Hathaway, Anne (1555 or 1556-1623), was the wife of William Shakespeare. She was born in Shottery, near Stratford, England, the home of the poet. She married Shakespeare in 1582, when she was 26 years old and he was 18. They had three children, Susanna, Judith, and Hamnet. Her cottage home in Shottery is kept as a memorial ("Hathaway, Anne").
"By 1592, there is evidence William Shakespeare earned a living as an actor and a playwright in London and possibly had several plays produced"..."By the early 1590s, documents show William Shakespeare was a managing partner in the Lord Chamberlain's Men, an acting company in London. After the crowning of King James I, in 1603, the company changed its name to the King's Men" ("William Shakespeare").
"By 1597, 15 of the 37 plays written by William Shakespeare were published. Civil records show that at this time he purchased the second largest house in Stratford, called New House, for his family. It was a four-day ride by horse from Stratford to London, so it is believed that Shakespeare spent most of his time in the city writing and acting and came home once a year during the 40-day Lenten period, when the theaters were closed" ("William Shakespeare").
"By 1599, William Shakespeare and his business partners built their own theater on the south bank of the Thames River, which they called the Globe. In 1605, Shakespeare purchased leases of real estate near Stratford for 440 pounds, which doubled in value and earned him 60 pounds a year. This made him an entrepreneur as well as an artist, and scholars believe these investments gave him the time to write his plays uninterrupted" ("William Shakespeare").
"Shakepeare died on April 23, 1616, at the age of fifty-two. He is buried under the old stone floor in the chancel of holy trinity Church in Stratford. Carverd over his grave is the following verse (the spelling has been modernized):
Good friend, for Jesus' sake forebear
To dig the dust enclosed here!
Blessed be the man that spares these stones
And cursed be he that moves my bones" (Anderson).
"Shakespeare's plays are still produced all over the world. During a Broadway season in the 1980s, one critic estimated that if Shakespeare were alive, he would be receiving $25,000 a week in royalties for a production of Othello alone. The play was attracting larger audiences than any other non musical production in town" (Anderson).
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