Shakespeare’s Life by Marta

26 04 2010

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564. He was the third of the eight children born to Mary Arden, who came from a rich family,  and John Shakespeare, one of the most successful merchants in the town.  A few years after William’s birth, his father fell in misfortune because he was accused of illegal wool-dealing.

William studied first at the local school -the Stratford Grammar School, in the centre of the town - where he achieved a very good education in Latin grammar and literature. Then, when he was eighteen, he got married to Anne Hathaway, who was twenty -six, probably because she was pregnant.  If we take notice of William’s last will, they didn’t get on well, but perhaps they were happier than the chronicles say because we can’t forget that they had three children.

In 1592 Shakespeare was working in London as a dramatist, and in 1596 his only son died. It is said that this fatal event inspired him to write one of the most famous tragedies in literature. He soon began to work as an actor, writer and, finally, co-producer of a theatre company called Lord Chamberlain’s Men.

After a turbulent life, William Shakespeare died at the age of 52 at his home in Stratford-Upon-Avon on 23rd April 1616,  the same day as Cervantes.

Marta Álvarez  Menéndez -That’s English

Thank you Marta for your contribution to celebrate the Book Day at the Library!


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