William Shakespeare- biographical sketch
William Shakespeare was a great English playwright, dramatist and poet who lived during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. "The sons of the period reflect the manners and tastes of all stations of its society and the range of emotions of its people (Long 1). "Shakespeare is considered to be the greatest playwright of all time (Ribner, 32) . No other writer's plays have been produced so many times or read so widely in so many countries as his. William Shakespeare was born on the 23rd of April 1564 (and christened on the 26th) in Stratford-upon-Avon, in the county of Warwickshire. His mother was Mary Arden and his father, a glove maker was named John Shakespeare. William, the third of eight children, was educated at Stratford Grammar School until 1577, at which point his father, withdrew him from school and placed him in an apprenticeship. At the age of eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway and they had three children. In 1587, he made his way to London and became an actor. The date which marks the beginning of his literary career appears to be 1591, with the writing of the play Henry VI. In 1593 he published the poem Venus and Adonis, which he dedicated to Lord Southampton. From this date onward he wrote prolifically producing 36 plays, 2 long poems, and 154 sonnets. August 1596 witnessed the death, at the age of eleven, of Hamnet, the poet's only son. From January to March in 1616 Shakespeare drew up a will before passing away on the 23rd of April, the day of his 52nd birthday. He was buried in Trinity church on the 25th of April.
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