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Life of William Shakespeare

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1: The Life of William Shakespeare Lauren Bradley LIS 120 Final Project

2: William Shakespeare is believed to be born in Stratford-upon-Avon in England. His exact date of birth is unknown. However, taking records of baptism historians have set the date on April 23rd 1564.

3: He was born to John Shakespeare, a glover, and Mary Arden, who was the daughter of a wealth landowner. William was the third of eight children and the eldest son.

4: From ages 5 to 7 Shakespeare would have gone to Petty School. There he would have learned to respect his parents, table manners, and the importance of attending church. | Then it would have been off to Grammar School. Latin, classic authors, and perhaps even Greek would have been taught.

5: Sadly, due to his father's financial failings, Shakespeare was withdrawn from school at the age of 14. If he had been allowed to continue with school he might have gone onto university.

6: Shakespeare's life after his removal from school is unknown to scholars. These are often referred to as The Lost Years. | The next event in his life that is known, however, was his marriage to Anne Hathaway in 1582. They had three children: Susanna, Hamnet, and Judith.

7: The exact time that William Shakespeare began writing is currently unknown. Instances and records of his performances arose 1591. Most contemporaries of Shakespeare's time were under the impression that he was nothing more than upstart, trying to match the fame of more educated authors like Christopher Marlow.

8: Richard III | Richard III is thought to be one of Shakespeare's earlier works. It depicts the rather short rise and fall of Richard III. Richard is seen as evil and conniving by Shakespeare. The earliest known performance was on the 17th of November 1633.

9: Much Ado About Nothing | This is a comedic play written by Shakespeare near the middle of his career. Much Ado tells the story of a love, jealousy, and treachery.

10: On April 23 1616, the same date given as his day of birth, William Shakespeare died. The cause of his death is unknown. He was 52 years of age. | He was buried at Holy-Trinity Church located in his home of Stratford-upon-Avon. His wife, Anne, was laid to rest next to him upon her death.

11: Good friend for Jesus sake forbear To dig the dust enclosed here! Blest be the man that spares these stones And curse be he that moves my bones

12: For more information on the life of William Shakespeare visit: www.william-shakespeare.org.uk

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  • Title: Life of William Shakespeare
  • A brief journey through the life of one of history's most famous writers.
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