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William Shakespeare

Also Known As: "Shakspear", "Shakespear", "Shakspeare", "the Bard", ""the Bard""
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
Death: Died in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
Cause of death: Unknown
Place of Burial: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of John Shakespeare and Mary Shakespeare
Husband of Anne Shakespeare
Father of Susanna Hall; Hamnet Shakespeare and Judith Quiney
Brother of NN Shakespeare, Died young; Joan Shakespeare; Margaret Shakespeare; Mary Hart; Gilbert Shakespeare and 6 others

Occupation: Poet, playwright, actor, mort, Playwright
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About WIlliam Shakespeare

William Shakespeare passed away on his 52nd birthday, and the cause of his death remains a mystery. He died on April 23 (Julian calendar) which is May 4. Buried at Holy Trinity Churchyard. His wife Anne Hathaway is also buried there. WGA

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

He (baptised 26 April 1564; died 23 April 1616) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon".[nb 2] His surviving works, including some collaborations, consist of about 38 plays,154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon. At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he had three children: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith. Between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men. He appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613, where he died three years later. Few records of Shakespeare's private life survive, and there has been considerable speculation about such matters as his physical appearance, sexuality, religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by others.

Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1589 and 1613.[nb 4] His early plays were mainly comedies and histories, genres he raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry by the end of the 16th century. He then wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, including Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest works in the English language. In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies, also known as romances, and collaborated with other playwrights.

Many of his plays were published in editions of varying quality and accuracy during his lifetime. In 1623, two of his former theatrical colleagues published the First Folio, a collected edition of his dramatic works that included all but two of the plays now recognised as Shakespeare's.

Shakespeare was a respected poet and playwright in his own day, but his reputation did not rise to its present heights until the 19th century. The Romantics, in particular, acclaimed Shakespeare's genius, and the Victorians worshipped Shakespeare with a reverence that George Bernard Shaw called "bardolatry". In the 20th century, his work was repeatedly adopted and rediscovered by new movements in scholarship and performance. His plays remain highly popular today and are constantly studied, performed and reinterpreted in diverse cultural and political contexts throughout the world.

"Most scholars now believe that Emilia Bassano was the Dark Lady of Sonnets 127-151 written by William Shakespeare and that she had an affair with him. Emilia Bassano was a feminist at a time when there were not many others. Emilia Bassano was a musician and a poet. The instrument she played was called the virginals and was a forerunner of the piano of today. She published a book of poetry with a Christian theme not long after Shakespeare's sonnets were published." -Source Obscure


WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Widely regarded as the greatest writer of all of the English language.

Biography

Here is a summary of William Shakespeare from [http://www.wikipedia.org]:

William Shakespeare (26 April 1564 (baptised) – 23 April 1616) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works, including some collaborations, consist of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, the authorship of some of which is uncertain. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.


Shakespeare was born and brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon. At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he had three children: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith. Between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part-owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men. He appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613 at age 49, where he died three years later. Few records of Shakespeare's private life survive, and there has been considerable speculation about such matters as his physical appearance, sexuality, religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by others.


Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1589 and 1613. His early plays were mainly comedies and histories, genres he raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry by the end of the 16th century. He then wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, including Hamlet, King Lear, Othello, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest works in the English language. In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies, also known as romances, and collaborated with other playwrights.


Many of his plays were published in editions of varying quality and accuracy during his lifetime. In 1623, John Heminges and Henry Condell, two friends and fellow actors of Shakespeare, published the First Folio, a collected edition of his dramatic works that included all but two of the plays now recognised as Shakespeare's. It was prefaced with a poem by Ben Jonson, in which Shakespeare is hailed, presciently, as "not of an age, but for all time."


Shakespeare was a respected poet and playwright in his own day, but his reputation did not rise to its present heights until the 19th century. The Romantics, in particular, acclaimed Shakespeare's genius, and the Victorians worshipped Shakespeare with a reverence that George Bernard Shaw called "bardolatry". In the 20th century, his work was repeatedly adopted and rediscovered by new movements in scholarship and performance. His plays remain highly popular today and are constantly studied, performed, and reinterpreted in diverse cultural and political contexts throughout the world.

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WIlliam Shakespeare's Timeline

1564
April 23, 1564
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
April 26, 1564
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England

The earliest reference to William Shakespeare appears in the parish register for Holy Trinity Church in an entry for his baptism on April 26, 1564. The entry reads "Guilielmus filius Johannes Shakspere," or, in English, "William, son of John Shakespeare." Next to the entry, three "X"s added by a later hand highlight its significance.

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1583
May 26, 1583
Age 19
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
1585
February 2, 1585
Age 20
Stratford, Warwickshire, England
February 2, 1585
Age 20
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom