William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare

In his lifetime, Shakespeare wrote 37 plays, a couple of narrative poems, as well as 154 sonnets. Remarkably, his vocabulary comprised of 30 000 words, compared to a usual non-university vocabulary comprised of about 15 000 words. Finally, his plays have now been adapted to create over 500 films.

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare was born on the 23 of April 1564 in Stratford-Upon-Avon, a small market town located in England. His father was a leather merchant and his mother was an heir to great wealth. He was in a family of 5 children, 3 boys and 2 girls and is believed to have been schooled at the King's New School, Stratford. He left school at age 15 and never went to university.

Early Life

Shortly after he left school, Shakespeare moved to London . There, in 1985 he married Anne Hathaway and had 3 children, one of which later died at the age of 11. In the early 1590s became the managing partner of a theatre called Lord Chamberlain's Men. During his time there he wrote plays for them: approximately 2 per year. However, he also acted .

Mid Years

His Writing

Rest Of Life

In 1598-9 Lord Chamberlain's Men's ownership of their theatre came to an end. Therefore, Shakespeare and his colleagues decided on creating a new theatre, known as "The Globe Theatre". Shakespeare used timber beams from the Lord Chamberlain's Men's Theatre to create the globe. He wrote and acted at the globe until 1611; when he returned to Stratford-Upon-Avon for his retirement. He only got 5 years of retirement when he died from unknown causes on the 23rd of April 1616; his birthday just 52 years later.


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