Since Daria is in high school, she naturally reads a lot of Shakespeare for school assignments. We are all familiar with the general history of William Shakespeare but here is a brief rundown of the basics:
Born: unknown, but Baptized April 26, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
Died: April 23, 1616 at the age of 52 in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
Occupation: playwright, poet, actor
Spouse: Anne Hathaway
Body of work: 16 comedies, 10 histories, 12 tragedies, 6 collections of poems and sonnets
Nickname: The Bard
There is probably more speculation than actual fact about his life. We do know that he was born to affluent parents and lived a very comfortable childhood. He was married at the age of 18 and had three children. One of whom, his only son, died at the age of 11.
Most of his professional career was spent in London. It is unclear when he started writing but, well, we all know the affects 🙂 It is not known how many theatre companies he was involved with in the early days of his career but later in his career he was a part-owner of Lord Chamberlain’s Men (aka The King’s Men) and wrote and performed many of his later plays at the now famous Globe Theatre.
He died at his home in Stratford-upon-Avon and was survived by his wife and two daughters.