William Shakespeare

By Victoria Santillan

Facts about William Shakespeare

. Shakespeare was born in April 1564 and died in April 1616.

. He married Anne Hathaway on November28, 1582, they had three kids.

. Shakespeare was one of the managing partners of the Lord Chamberlain's Company (renamed the King's Company when James succeeded to the throne), whose actors included the famous Richard Burbage.

. In 1593 and 1594, Shakespeare’s first poems, 'Venus and Adonis' and 'The Rape of Lucrece', were published and he dedicated them to his patron, Henry Wriothesley, the Earl of Southampton.

. Shakespeare was prolific, with records of his first plays beginning to appear in 1594, from which time he produced roughly two a year until around 1611. His hard work quickly paid off, with signs that he was beginning to prosper emerging soon after the publication of his first plays.

. By the last years of Elizabeth I's reign Shakespeare was well established as a famous poet and playwright and was called upon to perform several of his plays before the Queen at court. In 1598 the author Francis Meres described Shakespeare as England’s greatest writer in comedy and tragedy.

. His greatest tragedies were 'Hamlet', 'Othello', 'King Lear' and 'Macbeth'

. The years in which Shakespeare wrote were among the mostly exiting in English history.


. "Shakespeare's Life." Macbeth. Ed. Barbara A. and Paul Mowat and Werstine. Folger ed. New York: Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2013. Xxvii-xxxvi. Print.

."BBC History- William Shakspeare." BBC. Copyright © 2015 BBC, 2015. Web. 7 Dec. 2015. <http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/people/william_shakespeare>.