William Shakespeare by: RIana roper

William Shakespeare's personal life is much of a mystery. The only records are those from the church and official. His plays and poems also showed who William Shakespeare was and how he succeeded. There are no birth records, however he was baptized on April 26, 1564 and it is believed he was born on April 23, 1564.

William Shakespeare was the third child of John Shakespeare, a leather merchant, and Mary Arden, a local land heiress. He had two older sisters, Joan and Judith, and three younger brothers, Gilbert, Richard, and Edmund.

William married Anne Hathaway on November 28, 1582 in Worcester. Anne was 26 and William was only 18. Their first child was Susanna and they later had twins, Hamnet and Judith. Hamnet died of unknown causes at the age of eleven.

There are no records to show where William attended school but it is believed he went to King's New School, in Stratford. Since there are no records of where he got his education, the authorship of his work and even his existence is questioned. After the birth of his twins a time called the "lost years occurred. This is seven years with no records of William.

In 1592, William earned a living as an actor and a playwright in London. William became a managing partner for an acting company by the early 1590s. During this records show that Shakespeare published and sold his works as popular literature.

By 1597, fifteen of the thirty-seven plays were published. At this time he purchased the second largest house in Stratford called New House for his family. He spent most of his time in the city and only came home during the 40-day Lenten period.

William and his business partners built the Globe Theater in 1599. It was located on the south bank of the Thames River. He wrote many plays which were separated into four groups; histories, comedies, tragedies, and romances. At the beginning he mainly wrote comedies. His work is the most widely read of all authors.

It is believed he died on April 23, 1616 at the age of 52. He was buried at Stratford church. He left most of his belongings to his oldest daughter, Susanna, and his "second best bed" to his wife in his will.

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