William Shakespeare Facts

William Shakespeare Facts
William Shakespeare was an English playwright, poet and actor widely considered to be the greatest English writer of all time. William Shakespeare was baptized on April 26th, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, England to John Shakespeare, and alderman and glover, and Mary Arden. William had three younger brothers Gilbert, Richard, and Edmund, and two older sisters Joan and Judith. It is believed that William Shakespeare attended King's New School in Stratford. William married 26 year old Anne Hathaway when he was 18. It is known for sure when William began to write but by 1592 his plays were on the London stage.
Interesting William Shakespeare Facts:
William and Anne's daughter Susanna was born approximately six months after their wedding, followed by twins a few years later.
There is no record of the next seven years of William Shakespeare's life.
William Shakespeare became a member of the Lord Chamberlain's Men Company of theatrical players from 1594 onward.
William Shakespeare's first and second published poems were Venus and Adonis (1593), and The Rape of Lucrese (1594). They were written during the time of the plague when theatres were closed, and dedicated to Henry Wriothesley, the Earl of Southampton.
By the year 1597 William Shakespeare had already published 15 of the 37 plays he would write in his lifetime.
By 1597 William Shakespeare had purchased Stratford's second largest home. He called it New House.
It is believed that Shakespeare spent most of his time in London, which was a four-day horse ride to Stratford. Theatres closed during the 40 days of Lenten and it is likely he returned to Stratford during that time each year.
The first edition of Sonnets, published in 1609, included Shakespeare's poem A Lover's Complaint.
William Shakespeare's tragedy-themed plays included Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, King Lear, Macbeth, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Timon of Athens, and Titus Andronicus.
William Shakespeare's comedy-themed plays included All's Well That Ends Well, As You Like It. Comedy of Errors, Cymbeline, Love's Labour Lost, Measure for Measure, Merchant of Venice, Merry Wives of Windsor, Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Pericles, Prince of Tyre, Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest, Troilus and Cressida, Twelfth Night, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Winter's Tale.
William Shakespeare's history-themed plays include King Henry IV Part 1 and 2, King Henry V, King Henry VI Part 1, 2, and 3, King Henry VIII, King John, Richard II, and Richard III.
William Shakespeare's wrote a large number of sonnets in addition to his plays. Many have been included in collections of his work.
William Shakespeare was a real estate investor and his handling of his assets allowed him to focus on his true passions, including writing plays and performing in the theatre.
William Shakespeare had a few nicknames including 'Bard of Avon', "Swan of Avon', and 'The Bard'.
William Shakespeare died on April 23rd, 1616.
It would be seven years after Shakespeare's death before a collection of his works was published.
William Shakespeare's plays have been performed all over the world for the past 400 years.


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