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William Shakespeare was the greatest playwright the world has ever known. His talent with using the English language has never had any competition, not even today. With his wonderful talent he has produced thirty-seven plays. Although Shakespeare has died more than four hundred years ago he is still very famous around the world today.

William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564. He was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in England. The people of England still celebrate his birthday today, it is known as the feast of St. George. He was the third child and the eldest boy of eight children. His parent's names were John and Mary Arden Shakespeare. His mother came from a very wealthy family and his father was a glove maker and a tanner. At a time John Shakespeare became a mayor of Stratford, which allowed young William Shakespeare to attend a very good grammar school in his town.

During his grammar school years was when he got his first taste of what real plays were to look like. Shakespeare did not want to attend a University so at the age of fourteen he was withdrawn from school.

At the age of eighteen William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway who was ten years older than him. They got married on November 27, 1582 and the following year their first baby girl Susana was born. Anne and William also had one set of twins, their names were Hamnet and Judith. Hamnet only lived to be eleven years old but it is unknown how he died. From the years of 1585 and 1592 no much is known about Shakespeare, these years are called "The Hidden Years". In 1592 Shakespeare left Stratford to London so he can pursue his career. In 1592 was when he became well known by many people in...