William Shakespeare

By: Jacob Cowart

William Shakespeare was born on April 23rd, 1564 in the small, countryside town of Stratford-upon-Avon as the third of eight Shakespeare children. He attended grammar school and read Latin. During his time, England was ruled by Queen Elizabeth I and it was on of the chief trading centers of the world. England was also riddled with plague because it was crowded, making it large for its day, and unsanitary. The official religion was Protestantism. He married Anne Hathaway in November of 1582. Although he was young, the marriage was not uncommon. The two had their first daughter in May of 1583, just six months after marriage, and named her Susanna. In 1585, they had twins, a girl named Judith and a boy named Hamnet, although Hamnet died at the age of eleven. Scholars aren't exactly sure what Shakespeare wrote because other than a small passage from Sir Thomas More, no manuscripts for his works have been found. Experts have determined that works such as The Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet, and Titus Andronicus were written by him. In his last years, he was the sole author of only three plays, and collaborated on three others. He seemed to gradually reduce his activity in London, and by this time, he was England's most successful playwright. He most likely went back to Stratford because of his mother's death and daughter's marriage. When he died, he was buried inside of the Stratford parish church. He died on April 23rd, the same day he was born.

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