William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in April 23, 1564. His father, John Shakespeare, was a citizen of some prominence who became and alderman and bailiff, but who later suffered financial difficulties. Shakespeare presumably attended the Stratford grammar school, where he could have acquired a respectable knowledge of Latin, but after that he
did not continue his education. There are legends about Shakespeare's youth, but there are actually no documented facts. The first record of Shakespeare's life after his christening is that of his marriage to Anne Hathaway in 1582. Shakespeare and Anne were recorded to have had a daughter in 1583 and twin, a boy and a girl, in 1585. There is no information about his activities for the next seven years, but in 1592 he was in London as an actor and was already well known as a playwright.
There is little known of what happened with Shakespeare during this time frame, but it is
known that he was in connection with most successful troupe, the Lord Chamberlain's Men, who
later, when James I came to the throne, became the King's Men.
Not only did Shakespeare act with this company, but eventually became a leading shareholder and the principal playwright. In 1599 the Chamberlain's Men built and occupied the most famous Elizabethan theaters, the Globe.
Shakespeare wrote many plays during this time. He had a very special gift. He was able to
capture the world around him with his pen, but was also able to recreate it as he really saw it.
Shakespeare was a genius when it came to writing. He proved it in all of his plays, some including
Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and Hamlet. These plays were some of Shakespeare's tragedies
which are full of emotion and turmoil. In the play...