William Shakespeare Nicole Nowak

There are no exact records of Shakespeare birth but the Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon said he was supposedly baptized on April 26, 1564. From this, it is believed he was born on or near April 23, 1564. William was the third child of John Shakespeare, a leather merchant, and Mary Arden, a local landed heiress. William had two older sisters, Joan and Judith, and three younger brothers, Gilbert, Richard and Edmund. Since he was a public official's child, Shakespeare could have qualified for free tuition.

A few years after Shakespeare finished school, in late 1582, he married Anne Hathaway. When they got married, Anne was 26 and William was 18. Anne grew up just outside Stratford in the village of Shottery. Once they were married, she spent the rest of her life in Stratford. In 1585 Anne gave birth to twins, Judith and Hamnet, completing their family with one son and two daughters. The eldest being a daughter named Susanna. Observers have said they thought their marriage was a strained one because of their distance from each other with him working in London while she was in Stratford with their kids. As well the few amount of children they had was a sign of a strained marriage according to observers.

In 1594, Shakespeare joined the Lord Chamberlain’s company of actors, the most popular of the companies acting at Court. In 1599 Shakespeare joined a group of Chamberlain’s Men that would form a syndicate to build and operate a new playhouse: the Globe, which became the most famous theater of its time. With his share of the income from the Globe, Shakespeare was able to purchase New Place, his home in Stratford.

Early in his career, Shakespeare got the attention of Henry Wriothesley which is who Shakespeare dedicated his first two poems, “Venus and Adonis” and “The Rape of Lucrece”, to.

Shakespeare wrote more than thirty plays. They consisted of four categories: histories, comedies, tragedies, and romances. His earliest plays were mainly comedies and histories such as Henry VI and The Comedy of Errors, but in 1596, Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet, his second tragedy, and over the next 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.

In Shakespeare's last few years, he collaborated with John Fletcher. They both created The Two Noble Kinsman in late 1613. As well Shakespeare turned to the romantic category with Cymbeline, A Winter’s Tale, and The Tempest.

He died on April 23, 1616, and was buried two days later at Stratford Church. His works are still very popular to this day still being performed at theaters and studied in schools all over the world.

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