William Shakespeare Biography

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“To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.” William Shakespeare had a significant role in the transformation of literature. Shakespeare possesses great intellectual power and has thought of things many people haven’t even touched base on.

He was born on April 23, 1564, and was baptised in the town of Stratford on April 26, 1564. William was the fourth of eight children, however only five survived to adulthood. Shakespeare was poor and uneducated. By the age of four, William was placed in the King's New School in Stratford, which was a grammar school run for the benefit of the sons. The school taught the students, many things including mathematics, natural sciences,
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Their first daughter, Susanna, was not baptized until 6 months after her birth. In 1585, Anne had twins, Hamnet and Judith Shakespeare. Hamnet died at the age of 11, and by then William Shakespeare was already a successful playwright. Around 1589, Shakespeare wrote Henry VI, which is known to be his first play. Between his marriage and writing this play, he moved to London, where he pursued a career as a playwright and actor.

With his first few works, Richard III, Henry VI, The Comedy of Errors, and Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare became popular by 1590. When Venus and Adonis was published, one of the first of Shakespeare's known works to be printed, it was a huge success. Next came The Rape of Lucrece. By this time, Shakespeare had also made his mark as a poet. He wrote the majority of his sonnets in the 1590s.

In 1594, Shakespeare returned to the theater and became a charter member of the Lord Chamberlain's Men which is a group of actors. By 1598, William had been named the "principal comedian" for the troupe. By 1603, he was named "principal tragedian." He stayed associated with the group until his death. Although acting and playwriting was not considered popular professions at the time, successful actors were usually well respected. Shakespeare’s success left him with a great amount of money. In 1597, he purchased the second largest house in Stratford for his
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