“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” – William Shakespeare
Known As : Bard of Avon
Born : April 26, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
Died : April 23, 1616 at the age of 52
Parents : John Shakespeare(Father) and Mary Arden(Mother)
Spouse(s) : Anne Hathawa
Children : Susanna Hall, Hamnet Shakespeare and Judith Quiney
Era : Elizabethan era and Jacobean era
Education : King’s New School
Famous Works : Hamlet, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, The Tempes, Romeo & Juliet and many more
7 Interesting Facts About William Shakespeare :
William Shakespeare was an English poet and one of the famous poets and playwrights in the world. He is seen as the greatest English Language writer and dramatist ever. He is often called the national poet and the Bard of Avon. Shakespeare was born to John Shakespeare and Mary Arden. Born in Stratford-upon-Avon in England, he was the third child of his parents. he had two elder sisters and three younger brothers.
His Works Speaks more than Personal Life
William Shakespeare was very popular for his works, but most part of his personal life remains a mystery. Not much is known about his life but his works speak volume. However, he had three children, Susanna and the twins Hamnet and Judith. His wife was Hannah Hathaway.
Shakespeare wrote extensively on a variety of themes. His works include 39 plays, two long narrative poems and 154 sonnets. His plays have been translated into all major spoken languages in the world. His works are also performed than works of other playwrights.
Doubts about the Ownership of Some of His Works
Shakespeare lived a provide life so records of his life and works are limited. This has caused doubts about the ownership of some of the works attributed to him. However, it is believed that the lack of records is because he was a commoner.
The Lost Years
Seven years of Shakespeare’s life was totally unaccounted for. This period is known by historians as the lost years. This happened after the birth of his twins Judith and Hamnet. There are several speculations where and what he was doing at the time.
William Shakespeare worked as an actor and playwright in London. He also produced most of his plays and others work. He was an integral member of the Lord Chamberlain’s Men company of theatrical players. Some of the popular works include Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and Macbeth.
There is an unending debate about who was a better writer between Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe. It is believed that historians have been biased toward Shakespeare than his contemporary Marlowe. Playwright Robert Greene regarded Shakespeare as an upstart crow taking credits where he does not deserve.
Is Shakespeare the same as Marlowe
There have been debates as to whether Shakespeare is indeed Marlowe. Some historians argue that Marlowe faked his death and reappeared with the name Shakespeare. They base their argument on the fact that both poets have the same birth year.