William Shakespeare Julius Bray

William Shakespeare has inspired people to write and to act since the early 1600's.

Young Shakespeare
  • William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564, in Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom.
  • William had 3 younger brothers named Gilbert, Richard, and Edmund, and two little sisters, Anne, who died at 7, and Joan
The Shakespeare's family photo
  • He was the son of John Shakespeare and Mary Arden.
  • His father was a leather worker who specialized with the white leather to make gloves and similar items. He later moved on to become a alderman and a bailiff.
  • His mother was a prominent woman of the Arden family.
Anne Hathaway
  • At the age of eighteen, he married the young, Anne Hathaway who was older than him by seven to eight years. She was pregnant at the time. Together they raised two daughters, Susanna (1583) and Judith (1585) and a son, Hamnet who died at age 11
  • He found work at the theatre as a horse attendant at some of the finer theatres in London
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  • By 1592, there is evidence William Shakespeare earned a living as an actor and a playwright in London and possibly had several plays produced.

In 1594, Shakespeare joined the Lord Chamberlain’s company of actors, the most popular of the companies acting at Court.

  • In 1596, Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet, his second tragedy, and over the next dozen years he would return to the form, writing the plays for which he is now best known: Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth, and Antony and Cleopatra
One of the greatest novels of all time
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  • By 1597, 15 of the 37 plays written by William Shakespeare were published
  • He died on April 23, 1616—the traditional date of his birthday, though his precise birth date is unknown.
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  • We also do not know the cause of his death. His brother-in-law had died a week earlier, which could imply infectious disease, but Shakespeare's health may have had a longer decline.
  • The memorial bust of Shakespeare at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford is considered one of two authentic likenesses, because it was approved by people who knew him.
The exact bust of William Shakespeare
  • William Shakespeare, often called the English national poet, is widely considered the greatest dramatist of all time.

Works Cited

  1. William Shakespeare - Poet, Playwright - Biography.com." 5 Jul. 2016, http://www.biography.com/people/william-shakespeare-9480323. Accessed 7 Jan. 2017.
  2. "Shakespeare's Life | Folger Shakespeare Library." http://www.folger.edu/shakespeares-life. Accessed 5 Jan. 2017.
  3. William Shakespeare - Poet | Academy of American Poets - Poets.org." https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/william-shakespeare. Accessed 5 Jan. 2017.


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