William Shakespeare Biography
In 1564, William Shakespeare was born inside a half timbered house in Henley Street Stratford-upon-Avon. His father name was John Shakespeare. He was a wool merchant and glove producer while his mother was called Mary Arden.
Between the age of seven and fourteen, William schooled at Stratford of the old Guldhall. Not long afterwards, he was withdrawn from the school as a result of financial mess being faced by his family. Despite what supposed to ordinarily be an obstacle, William’s achievement was a landmark.
When he was 18 years of age, Shakespeare got married to Anne Hathaway who is happened to be daughter of a yeoman farmer in a nearby community. Since Anne was pregnant for 3 months already, the marriage was quickly arranged without option. Few months after, Anne gave birth to a daughter named Susanna. In 1585, the family produced twins with Hamnet and Judith as their names.
For 7 years thereafter, the life of Williams was not only strange, it is as well interesting despite the hearsay that he got a teaching appointment as a teacher in one school prior to 1592, he abandoned his family and living as an actor in London. In 1593, the London school of theaters was shut down because of noticeable epidemics. As lots of actors deserted the capital acting to visit all other part of the country, Shakespeare opted to remain in London. This turned out as a right decision as became very popular being a writer. Few of these lengthy poems are Venus and Adonis, rape of lucrece and many more.
Luckily for Shakespeare with the support of Henry Wriothsley the Fart of Southampton, as a patron, his works of Venus and Adonis became a huge success. This marks the beginning of the popularity of Shakespeare. His lengthy poetry aside, he as well started writing his sonnets during this time.
By the time the theaters became operational in towards the end of 1594, Shakespeare has become a force to reckon with in the world of acting even in playwright. Had already writing and performing for the theater company initially known as Lord Chamberlains men” that later metamorphosed “The King’s Men”
With the accrued money due to him from Southampton, his patron, Shakespeare ventured into investing in the company. This is where Shakespeare began to experience financial turnaround. Shakespeare was able to a minimum of 2 plays yearly for “The king’s Men” over 17 years.
The 10 most important plays of Williams Shakespeare are chronologically listed below:
· Romeo and Juliet – 1594 to 1595
· A midsummer Night’s dream – 1595 to 1596
· Much Ado About Nothing – 1598 to 1599
· Henry V – 1598 to 1599
· Twelfth Night – 1599 to 1600
· Hamlet – 1600 to 1601
· Measure for measure – 1604 to 1605
· King Lear – 1605 to 1606
· Macbeth – 1605 to 1606
· The tempest – 1611 to 1612
· He retired to Stratford in 1611 and enjoyed his wealth until his death on 23rd of April 1616. Prior to this time, he had shared his will in which the larger part went to his oldest daughter called Susanna.