Shakespeare Biography


when was he born?

Historians believe Shakespeare was born on this day in 1564, because he was baptized april 26.

when did he died?

He died in 1616.

where was he born?

William Shakespeare was believed to have been born in the Shakespeare family home in Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, England

What were the names of his wife/children?

In 1582, he married Ann Hathaway of Stratford; they would have three children together. Shakespeare's life from this date until 1592, when he became known as a dramatist, is not well documented.

What is he famous for?

William Shakespeare was famous for all his poems and playwrights. He was called as England's national poet and "Bard of Avon". He had written about 154 sonnets and 38 plays and many variety of poems. His well known play is Romeo and Juliet, which reminds of him to all in these days

What year did shakespeare go to london / what was mysterious about his arrival there? did his go with him?

William Shakespeare went to London in order to join a company of actors in which he was to become a performer and a playwright. This happened between 1585 and 1592. He was originally living in Stratford.

When he died, what did he leave to his family and will?

William Shakespeare's will to his wife, Anne Hathaway, was his 'second best bed'. This is understood that she had the right, as per the English Common Law, to inherit one-third of his estate.

Why were the theatres often closed in shakespeare's day?

Because he was sick . He had flu and he should be away from others.

describe the globe theatre. How was it destroyed?

Originally built in 1599 -It's nickname was the "Wooden O" -Owned by the Lord Chaimberlain's Men, who worked for Shakespear -It was burnt down on June 29th, 1600's

shakespeare quotes

If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.

shakespeare in the theater

The first reference to Shakespeare in the literary world of London comes in 1592, when a fellow dramatist, Robert Greene, declared in a pamphlet written on his deathbed:

There is an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers, that with his Tygers heart wrapt in a Players hide supposes he is as well able to bombast out a blank verse as the best of you; and, being an absolute Johannes Factotum, is in his own conceit the only Shake-scene in a country.

What these words mean is difficult to determine, but clearly they are insulting, and clearly Shakespeare is the object of the sarcasms. When the book in which they appear (Greenes, groats-worth of witte, bought with a million of Repentance, 1592) was published after Greene's death, a mutual acquaintance wrote a preface offering an apology to Shakespeare and testifying to his worth. This preface also indicates that Shakespeare was by then making important friends. For, although the puritanical city of London was generally hostile to the theatre, many of the nobility were good patrons of the drama and friends of the actors. Shakespeare seems to have attracted the attention of the young Henry Wriothesley, the 3rd earl of Southampton, and to this nobleman were dedicated his first published poems, Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece.