William Shakespeare SARAH HAGANS

-William Shakespeare was baptized on April 23, 1564. Many celebrate his birthday on this day because his date of birth was never documented.

-Shakespeare was baptized at Holy Trinity Church a Stratford-Upon-Avon.

-His parents are John Shakespeare and Mary Arden.

-He is the third child, He has two older sisters named Joan and Judith, and three younger brothers named Gilbert, Richard, and Edmund.

-He most likely attended King's New School, in Stratford. This school taught reading, writing, and the classics.

-There are very little records on Shakespeare's early life, so most research is based on theories.

-Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway on November 2, 1582.

-Hathaway was 26 and already expecting a daughter when she married Shakespeare, who was only 18.

-They named their first daughter Susanna and two years later had twins Hamnet and Judith. Hamnet died at age 11 of unknown causes.

-After th birth of twins, there are seven yeas of no documents regarding Shakespeare, these are called the lost yeas and many theories are out as to what he was doing.

-In 1592, there is evidence that Shakespeare earned a living as an actor and playwright

-By the early 1590's documents show that Shakespeare was a managing partner for an acting company in London called Lord Chamberlain's men.

-In 1599, Shakespeare and his business partners built a theater the called The Globe.

-Most of William Shakespeare's early plays (excluding Romeo and Juliet) written in the early 1590's were mostly histories. Some of these include Richard II and Henry VI ( parts 1, 2, and 3) which are about weak/corrupt rulers.

-In Shakespeare's later period, he wrote tragedies such as Hamlet, King Lear, Othello, and Macbeth.

-Shakespeare all together wrote 38 plays.

-Shakespeare wrote sonnets between 1593 to 1601.

-Shakespeare wrote about 154 sonnets.

-In the book, The Sonnets of Shakespeare, the sonnets are broken into two categories.

-The first category (sonnets 1-126) are addressed to a friend while the second category (127-154) are about a "Dark Lady" who the man loves in spite of himself.

-Shakespeare died on his supposed birthday, April 23, 1616.

-He left most of his possessions to his oldest daughter, Susanna, and left only the "second-best bed" for his wife, Anne.

-Questions arose 150 years after his death of if Shkaspeare really was the author of the plays and sonnets.

Works Cited:

"WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE." http://www.william-shakespeare.info/. Accessed 5 Jan. 2017.

"William Shakespeare - Poet, Playwright - Biography.com." 5 Jul. 2016, http://www.biography.com/people/william-shakespeare-9480323. Accessed 5 Jan. 2017.

"William Shakespeare - Poet | Academy of American Poets - Poets.org." https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/william-shakespeare. Accessed 9 Jan. 2017


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