Quote: "William Shakespeare was born in the small market town of Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564, the third of eight children. The register of Holy Trinity, the parish church in Stratford, records his baptism on April 26. According to the custom at that time, infants were baptized about three days after their birth. Therefore, the generally accepted date for Shakespeare’s birth is April 23"(Lander).
Paraphrase: Shakespeare was born April 23, 1564, in the small market town of Stratford-upon-Avon. He was the third of eight children and was baptized three days after his birth at the parish church,The register of Holy Trinity
Quote: "His father, John Shakespeare, was successful in the leather business during Shakespeare's early childhood but later met with financial difficulties. During his prosperous years his father was also involved in municipal affairs, holding the offices of alderman and bailiff during the 1560s. While little is known of Shakespeare's boyhood, he probably attended the grammar school in Stratford, where he would have been educated in the classics, particularly Latin grammar and literature. Whatever the veracity of Ben Jonson's famous comment that Shakespeare had "small Latine, and less Greeke," much of his work clearly depends on a knowledge of Roman comedy, ancient history, and classical mythology"
Paraphrase: His father worked in the leather business when he was a child but later had financial issues. Shakespeare probably attended the grammar school in Stratford, where he would have been educated in Latin grammar and literature. During his prosperous years, his father held the offices of alderman and bailiff during the 1560s.
Quote: "At the age of eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway, who was eight years older than he was. Sometime after the birth of their second and third children (twins), Shakespeare moved to London, apparently leaving his family in Stratford"(Anderson).
Paraphrase: He married at 18 to 26 year old Anne Hathaway. After the birth of their twins Shakespeare moved to London and left his family in Stratford
Quote: "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).
Paraphrase: English playwright, poet, and actor, Shakespeare was regarded by many as the world's best dramatist and the finest poet England has ever produced.
Quote: "Shakespeare's personal life comes mostly from church and legal documents- a baptismal registration, a marriage license, and records of real estate transactions. We also have a few remarks that others wrote about him during his lifetime"(Anderson).
Paraphrase: His personal life is known mostly from church and legal documents- a baptismal registration, a marriage license, and records of real estate transactions, along with a few remarks others wrote about him during his lifetime.
Quote: "Shakespeare wrote at least 38 plays, two major narrative poems, a sequence of sonnets, and several short poems. His works have been translated into a remarkable number of languages, and his plays are performed throughout the world. His plays have been a vital part of the theater in the Western world since they were written about 400 years ago"(Lander).
Paraphrase: Shakespeare wrote many plays, at least 38. He also wrote two major poems, several short poems, and a sequence of sonnets. His plays have been performed all over the world and his works have many translated in several languages. His plays were a vital part in Western theatre since they've been written, about 400 years ago.
Quote: " including such masterpieces as Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth. Shakespeare's plays are still produced all over the world"(Anderson).
Paraphrase: His masterpieces of the 37 plays include Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth. His plays still produced throughout the world.
Quote: "The RSC was established in its present form in 1961, but its roots go back to 1879. In that year, the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre opened in Stratford as the site for productions of Shakespeare's plays. An annual festival of Shakespeare's dramas began in 1886. The theater burned down in 1926, and the present structure was completed in 1932"
Paraphrase: Shakespeare Memorial Theatre opened in Stratford where Shakespeare's plays were performed. It burned down in 1926, present structure was completed in 1932. This was about 300 years after his death. His legacy has carried from generation to generation.
Quote: " Shakespeare 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"(Anderson)
Paraphrase: He died at 52 years old on April 23 1616. He is buried under the old stone floor in the chancel of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford
Quote: " Like Shakespeare's stage, this kind of thrust stage, with its minimal scenery, allows playwrights (if they want) to move their stories rapidly from place to place"(Beers).
Paraphrase: Shakespeare's stage allows playwrights to move their stories from place to place rapidly. He greatly impacted the architecture of theater as well as many other things. He was an inspiration to all pursuing his kind of career. He still continues to inspire many people today with his works still as famous as ever.