William Shakespeare

Playwriter

Background

William Shakespeare was born April 23, 1564 and was baptized April 26, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. He was the oldest of 8 kids from John Shakespeare. His father was a wealthy businessman and in the city counsel. Shakespeare went to the Kings New School, where he learned to read and write.

Achievements Of William Shakespeare

Shakespeare wrote 38 plays and 154 sonnets. Some of his most famous plays are Romeo And Juliet, Hamlet, Taming Of The Shrew, A Middsummer Night's Dream, and Macbeth. He took after his father and became a good businessman. Also in 1599, he built the largest open air amphitheater London England. The first play he was in was an early version of Henry IV.

Romeo And Juliet

influence on the world today

Shakespeare's works have made a good impression on theatre and literature. In particular, he expanded the dramatic potential of characterization, plot and language. His works also dramatically influence poetry. Scholars have identified 20,000 pieces of music linked to Shakespeare's works. These include two operas by Giuseppe Verdi, Otello and Falstaff. Shakespeare has also inspired many painters, including the Romantics and the pre-Raphaelites. In Shakespeare's day, English grammar, spelling and pronunciation were less standardised than they are now, and his use of language helped shape modern English.

Fun Facts

He was married at the age of 18 to Ann Hathaway who was 26 years old. Then 6 months later they had their first child named Susanna, then they had twins Hamnet and Judith. He lived to be 52 years old and died on his birthday. He also had 7 siblings. He died as a rich man. Shakespeare was buried in the Holy Trinity Church
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Works Cited

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