William Shakespeare is arguably the most famous writer of the English language, known for both his plays and sonnets. Though much about his life remains open to debate due to incomplete evidence, the following biography consolidates the most widely-accepted facts of Shakespeare's life and career. In the mid-sixteenth century, William Shakespeare's father, John Shakespeare, moved to the idyllic town of Stratford-upon-Avon. There, he became a successful landowner, moneylender, glove-maker, and dealer of wool and agricultural goods. In , he married Mary Arden.
Shakespeare Research Guide
Shakespeare Research Guide | Jeffrey R. Wilson
This page offers a complete biography of Shakespeare, from birth to death. Shakespeare was the third of the eight children born to John and Mary Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon on April 23rd John Shakespeare ran his own business as a glove maker and a wool dealer. He held local public positions and was a bailiff like a mayor in the town council. After it is alleged that he was in financial difficulties.
William Shakespeare's School Life, Childhood, and Education
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William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright and actor of the Renaissance era. And yet, the personal life of William Shakespeare is somewhat a mystery. There are two primary sources that provide historians with an outline of his life. One is his work — the plays, poems and sonnets — and the other is official documentation such as church and court records.