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William Shakespeare Essay

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William Shakespeare is generally accepted as the greatest writer in the history of the world. Beginning as an actor, he went on to become the most successful playwright of the age. Although Shakespeare only lived for fifty-two years, he achieved fame, wealth and status within what many would consider to be a short life span. He was born, and died in Stratford, but he lived in London for most of his life. During his career, he wrote thirty-seven plays, the poems Venus and Adonis, The Rape of Lucrece, The Phoenix and The Turtle and The Sonnets. Documented evidence of his life is limited, and he left no diaries or letters to illuminate it. Scholars over the centuries have pieced together lots ...view middle of the document...

When they were married, Anne was three months pregnant. Six months later, Susanna Shakespeare was born, and twins Judith and Hamnet was born in February twenty months later, before William was even twenty-one. There has been speculation that the match was less than perfect, but he remained loyal if to her throughout his life, returning regularly each year to visit his family while he was away from home.Acting was a difficult profession back in those days because they need many years of training, and only the best actors in England found work in London. Whatever route he took from Stratford to London, he became a successful actor by 1952; he must have spent at least seven years learning this profession. As a London actor, he also was a playwright, and by 1592, Shakespeare had written several plays. His most popular success was a series of three plays called Henry VI.In 1594, after the theaters reopened, Shakespeare joined a newly formed acting company called the Chamberlain¡¦s Men. He never left them until he retired from the theater. All the rest of his plays he wrote were for the Chamberlain¡¦s Men. This acting company consisted a group of outstanding actors who were also business partners and close personal friends. Shakespeare and his actors worked extremely well together that they decided to build a...

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