Shakespeare And His Plays


William Shakespeare was a supreme English poet and playwright,
universally recognized as the greatest of all the dramatists.
A complete, authoritative account of Shakespeare's life is lacking;
much supposition surrounds relatively few facts. His day of birth is
traditionally held on April 23, and he was baptized on April 24, 1564. He
was the third of eight children, and was the eldest son of John Shakespeare.
He was probably educated in a local grammar school. As the eldest son,
Shakespeare would of taken over his father's business, but according to one
account, he became a butcher because of reverses in his father's financial
situation. According to another account, he became a school ...

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established his reputation as a poet in
the Renaissance manner. Shakespeare's modern reputation is based mainly on
the 38 plays he wrote, modified, or collaborated on.

Shakespeare's professional life in London was marked by a number of
financially advantageous arrangements that permitted him to share in the
profits of his acting company, the Chamberlain's Men, and its two theaters,
the Globe and the Blackfriars. His plays were given special presentation
at the courts of Queen Elizabeth I and King James I. After about 1608,
Shakespeare's dramatic production lessened and he spent more time in
Stratford. There he established a family in and imposing house, the New
Place, and became a leading local citizen. He died on April 23, 1616, and
was buried in the Stratford church.

Although the precise date of many of Shakespeare's plays is in doubt,
his dramatic career is divided into four periods: (1) the period up to
1594, (2) the years from 1594 to 1600, (3) the years from ...

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