Unfortunately, very little is known about W.Shakespeare’s life, as nobody collected any facts for his biography during his lifetime. The most important sources for the biography of William Shakespeare are official and documentary records: definite, reliable and dull. Of prime importance is the register of Stratford-on Avon Holy Trinity Church, which gives the date of the baptism of William Shakespeare, his marriage, the baptism of his children, and his death.
W.Shakespeare’s birthplace W.Shakespeare’s birthplace
William was their third child and the eldest son. He must have attended Stratford Grammar school, where he acquired the knowledge of Latin.
In 1583 their first child, Susanna was born, and in 1585 the twins, Hamnet and Judith, followed her. In 1583 their first child, Susanna was born, and in 1585 the twins, Hamnet and Judith, followed her. After the birth of the twins we know absolutely nothing about Shakespeare’s life for the next seven years.
In 1593 a serious epidemic of the plague broke out, and all the theatres were closed down. In 1593 a serious epidemic of the plague broke out, and all the theatres were closed down. At that time William Shakespeare became a share-holder, the principal playwright and an actor of the Globe theatre on the southern bank of the Thames in London.
As the time passed, he became rather rich, wrote less and in 1613 after the Globe had been destroyed by fire, Shakespeare retired to Stratford where he died on April, 23, 1616. As the time passed, he became rather rich, wrote less and in 1613 after the Globe had been destroyed by fire, Shakespeare retired to Stratford where he died on April, 23, 1616. He was buried in the same Holy Trinity Church, where he was christened.
In 1623 Shakespeare’s plays were collected by his fellow-actors and published in a single volume known as the First Folio. In 1623 Shakespeare’s plays were collected by his fellow-actors and published in a single volume known as the First Folio. His literary work may be divided into four periods. The plays are dated according to the theatrical season in which they were first staged. William Shakespeare wrote 37 plays and 154 sonnets.
1600/01 Hamlet 1600/01 Hamlet The Merry Wives of Windsor 1601/02 Troilus and Cressida 1603/04 All’s Well That Ends Well 1604/05 Measure for Measure Othello
1605/06 King Lear 1605/06 King Lear Macbeth 1606/07 Antony and Cleopatra 1607/08 Coriolanus Timon of Athens
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