Shakespeare's life by annalise garcia

Shakespeare's early years

Quote #1 "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." (Anderson)

Writer, William Shakespeare was born in a small town in the 15th century. He was the third child of eight. He was religious and got baptized, this was recorded on April 26. In this time infants were said to be baptized 1-3 days after 3rd.

Quote #2 "Beginning at about the age of 7, William probably attended the Stratford grammar school with other boys of his social class. The school’s highly qualified teachers were graduates of Oxford University. Students spent about nine hours a day in school. They attended classes the year around, except for three brief holiday periods. The teachers enforced strict discipline and physically punished students who broke the rules. The students chiefly studied Latin, the language of ancient Rome. Knowledge of Latin was necessary for a career in medicine, law, or the church. In addition, the ability to read Latin was considered a sign of an educated person. Young Shakespeare may have read such outstanding ancient Roman authors as Cicero, Ovid, Plautus, Seneca, Terence, and Virgil." (Anderson)

Shakespeare went to a grammar school. His school took education very serious, they were there for nine hours year long. The only exception was three holiday periods. Shakespeare was taught Latin, this language was considered a sign of intelligence.

Quote #3 "The Shakespeare's were a family of considerable local prominence. In 1565, John Shakespeare became an alderman. Three years later, he was elected bailiff (mayor), the highest civic honor that a Stratford resident could receive. Later, he held several other civic posts. But toward the end of his life, John Shakespeare had financial problems."

When Shakespeare was a little kid his dad had a lot of financial problems and was elected mayor. He held many civil posts.

Shakespeare's middle / famous years

Quote 1 "From mid-1592 to 1594, London authorities frequently closed the theaters because of repeated outbreaks of plague. Without the income provided by acting and playwriting, Shakespeare turned to poetry. In 1593, Venus and Adonis became the first of Shakespeare’s works to be published. The publisher was Richard Field, a native of Stratford who may have known Shakespeare in childhood. As was customary at the time, Shakespeare dedicated his volume to a noble patron, in this case Henry Wriothesley, the Earl of Southampton. Venus and Adonis proved to be extremely popular and was reprinted at least 15 times in Shakespeare’s lifetime." (Anderson)

Shakespeare loved the arts. So when the theaters were starting to be shut down due to lack of income, he turned to the world of poetry. Shakespeare's first work to be published was in 1593 called Venus and Adonis. This piece of writing became really popular in his time.

Quote 2 "Throughout the 1590’s, Shakespeare’s reputation continued to grow. From 1594 to 1608, he was fully involved in the London theater world. In addition to his duties as a sharer and actor in the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, he wrote an average of almost two plays a year for his company. During much of this period, Shakespeare ranked as London’s most popular playwright, based on the number of times his plays were performed and published. But his reputation was largely that of a popular playwright, not of a writer of unequaled genius."

Shakespeare was viewed to the world as one of the best writers. After a few of his publishings he started to grow. He had an average of writing 1-2 plays a year. But he was mostly recognized for being a playwright, not as a writer.

Quote 3 "Shakespeare’s name did not appear on his earliest published plays, but the 1598 edition of Love’s Labour’s Lost includes his name on the title page. Later editions prominently advertise his authorship, in some cases falsely. In 1599, a printer named William Jaggard published The Passionate Pilgrim, a collection of 20 poems supposedly written by Shakespeare. However, the volume offered only five sonnets by Shakespeare, three taken from Love’s Labour’s Lost. By the end of the 1590’s, Shakespeare’s reputation was being used to sell books. And he had not yet written most of his great tragedies, such as Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth."

Shakespeare's name made him more known in his time than his writing. His reputation got him more sells on many books, books that weren't even his. He was very popular even before he wrote his books one including Hamlet.

Quote 4 "In 1594, Field printed Shakespeare’s The Rape of Lucrece. The book’s dedication to Southampton suggests a closer acquaintance between the writer and the aristocrat. The volume was not as popular as Venus and Adonis, but it still sold well. Seven editions had been published by 1632. Despite the commercial success of these early publications, Shakespeare made no effort to make a career of poetry. When the theaters reopened, he returned to acting and playwriting."

When Shakespeare tried pursing poetry he did quite well in it. He had a good selling rate with what he was writing. But decided to not make it a full pursing career. So once theater reopened he returned to what he loved, acting and playwriting.

One of shakespeare's famous books

Shakespeare's later life

Quote 1 "By 1612, Shakespeare had become England’s most successful playwright. He apparently divided his time between Stratford and London. He had lodgings in London at least until 1604 and probably until 1611. Such family events as his daughter Susanna’s marriage in 1607 and his mother’s death in 1608 would likely have called him back to Stratford. By 1612, he may have spent much of his time in the comforts of New Place in Stratford."

Shakespeare was known in his time as England's most successful playwright. When Shakespeare was an older man he moved back to Stratford after one of his daughters married and the passing of his mother.

Quote 2 "On Feb. 10, 1616, Shakespeare’s younger daughter, Judith, married Thomas Quiney, the son of his Stratford neighbor Richard Quiney. Six weeks later, Shakespeare revised his will. Within a month, he died. He was buried inside the Stratford parish church. His monument records the day of death as April 23, the generally accepted date of his birth."

Shakespeare died a very well known man, and he will be forever known. He died on April 23,1616. Him and his writings will forever be treasured.

Quote 3 "By the late 1590’s, Shakespeare not only had become an established writer but also had become prosperous. In October 1596, John Shakespeare was granted a coat of arms, an emblem symbolic of family history, about 25 years after his initial application. Most scholars have suggested that William Shakespeare renewed the application on his father’s behalf and paid the necessary fees. To have a coat of arms was an important mark of social standing in England at that time. Certainly Shakespeare was eager to establish himself in Stratford. In May 1597, he purchased New Place, one of the town’s two largest houses. Shakespeare obviously remained a Stratford man at heart in spite of his busy, successful life in London. Records of business dealings and of minor lawsuits reveal that he preferred to invest most of his money in Stratford rather than in London."

Shakespeare was an established writer. He mostly stayed in Stratford even with his busy life in London. He did many business deals and minor lawsuits.


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