William Shakespeare

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WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE: LIFE & WORKS LIFE: Born on: 23 April 1564 place of birth: Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire Died on: 23 April 1616 place of death: Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire Information on: His parents: Father John: respected middle-class trader; Mother Mary Arden: from a family of local landowners His education: fair education at the local Grammar School His family: married with 18 to Anne Hathaway (8 years older) His further life: 1586: left Stratford for London 1592: popular actor and writer, jack-of-all-trades for an older dramatist 1598: among the principal actors of the city 1599: member of the company running the Globe Theatre with 1 10 interest in the profit. 1611: bought property in Stratford and retired there How was his popularity indicated? other fellow writers published their plays under Shakespeare s name, because that guaranteed a good sale an anthology of contemporary literature placed Shakespeare at the head of his contemporaries WORKS: Apprenticeship: 1586-1592First famous play: Titus Adronicus (blood-soaked melodrama) Early comedies: The Comedy of Errors, Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Taming of the Shrew, Plays based on real life stories : Henry VI, King John, Richard III Growing success: 1594-15991594: Joined the Lord Chamberlain s Men (best theatrical company in England) Successful plays of that time: The Merchant of Venice, Romeo&Juliet, A Midsummer s Night Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Twelfth Night The tragic phase: ...

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