William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare is generally accepted as the greatest writer in the history of the world. Beginning as an actor, he went on to become the most successful playwright of the age. Although Shakespeare only lived for fifty-two years, he achieved fame, wealth and status within what many would consider to be a short life span. He was born, and died in Stratford, but he lived in London for most of his life. During his career, he wrote thirty-seven plays, the poems Venus and Adonis, The Rape of Lucrece, The Phoenix and The Turtle and The Sonnets. Documented evidence of his life is limited, and he left no diaries or letters to illuminate it. Scholars over the centuries have pieced together lots of information for us to gain a better knowledge of his life.

Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564. Then, three days later, he was baptized in the church of Holy Trinity.

He was the third child of John Shakespeare and Mary Arden. When Shakespeare was five, the lessons began. Just like other children, he learned his A.B.C. in the ¡¥petties¡¦ school¡¦, they were also taught how to read, write, and sing. Once they can read fluently, they would be going on to grammar school. Shakespeare attended a fine, school with excellent teachers in Stratford, the grammar school of King Edward VI. There, he learned Latin, which was a language used by scholars, lawyers and doctors, and for writing official documents. The students started by reading the basic principles of Latin grammar in English, then they mastered the language by memorizing texts and reading them in public.

In 1582, Shakespeare was at the age of eighteen, he married a woman that was several years older than him, Anne Hathaway. Her father, Richard Hathaway, was a successful ¡§yeoman¡¨. Anne was...