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By: Rajesh Doodnauth
Class: x02
William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, supposedly on April 23, 1564. The Holy Trinity Church holds records that indicate that Shakespeare was baptized there on April 26, 1564. His father was John Shakespeare who was a glove and leather merchant, and his mother Mary Arden, who was a landed local heiress. Both of his parents were illiterate. Shakespeare was the third among eight children in the Shakespeare household. Three of his siblings died during childhood. His parents John Shakespeare and Mary Arden died in 1601 and 1608.
It’s believed that Shakespeare started his education at the age of six and he attended the Stratford grammar school which later became known as the King’s New School of Stratford-upon-Avon. Latin was the primary language of learning, and Latin authors remained the focus of his literary training. Shakespeare was removed from the school between the age of thirteen or fourteen due to his father’s financial and social condition but he later resumed him education elsewhere.
Shakespeare got married to Anne Hathaway, who was 26 years old at the time of marriage, on November 27th, 1582. Their first child together was their daughter Susana who was baptized on May 26th, 1583. They soon had twins named Hamnet and Judith in 1585 and were baptized on February 2nd, 1585. Their son Hamnet died at the age of eleven from an unknown cause. The sorrow felt by Shakespeare, who had moved to London by then, was profound and unimaginable and he deeply mourned over the death of his beloved son in his incoming poetry and plays.
There are two time period’s in Shakespeare’s life, popularly known as the “lost years” which was from 1578-1582 and 1585-1592. The only fact known about his first major span of his time is his marriage to Anne. No one knows for certain when Shakespeare began writing, but allusions and documents show that it was between 1585 and 1592. By 1592 he had became popular enough...


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