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William Shakespeare (often referred to as the best playwright of the English language) was born at Stratford-upon-Avon England in April 1564. John Shakespeare and Mary Arden had eight children, William being the third. People regard him as the greatest playwright in English. Although there is no record of Shakespeare attending any grammar schools, many believe he received an education in Latin, classical literature, and aldermanship at King Edward VI School in London.

Shakespeare was 18 years old when he married Anne Hathaway. Susanna was the couple’s first child, followed by twins Hamnet & Judith. Shakespeare and his family moved from Stratford to London in 1585. Due to the absence of documentation, Shakespeare’s first years in London have been referred to by many as “lost”.

Shakespeare’s reputation as a playwright and actor in London was established by Shakespeare 1592. In 1592, Shakespeare had established himself as an actor and playwright in London. Shakespeare served as both the playwright and shareholder of one of London’s most popular theater companies. The company’s financial stability allowed him to develop his skills and honed them.

Shakespeare wrote 39 plays and 154 sonnets. He also composed two epic narrative poems. The three major genres of Shakespeare’s works are tragedies (tragedies), comedies (comedies), and histories. Hamlet, “Othello,” King Lear, and “Macbeth” are some of the most popular tragedies. They all deal with complex issues of power, betrayal or jealousy and explore themes related to human nature. Many of his comedies such as “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Twelfth Night” revolve around love, misidentifications, and social commentary. His plays such as “Richard III,” “Henry IV,” and “Henry V,” portray the historical lives and events of English monarchs.

Critics have praised Shakespeare’s sonnets for their intricate wordplay, emotional depth, and insightful exploration of topics such as beauty, love, politics, and mortality. This 14-line poem remains one of the most quoted, studied works within the English literature canon.

Shakespeare became a leading figure in London’s theater world by the early 1600s. In 1599, Shakespeare and his business associates built the Globe Theatre. It was an iconic location that featured many of his works. Shakespeare maintained close ties with his hometown despite the success he achieved in London. In 1597 he bought New Place, which was the largest house in Stratford-upon-Avon. This is where he would spend his final years.

Shakespeare settled in Stratford, England around 1613. He lived here until his April 23, 1616 death. Shakespeare was buried at Holy Trinity Church, Stratford. The epitaph on his tombstone is allegedly one that he wrote.

Shakespeare’s impact on English Literature and Arts is incalculable. People have performed and studied Shakespeare’s works in all major languages. He is a literary legend because of his mastery over the English language and understanding of humanity.

William Shakespeare, through his plays, sonnets, poems and other works has left a permanent mark in literature and theater. The enduring impact of Shakespeare continues to inspire, captivate, and influence audiences, artists, and scholars around the globe.

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