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Englands greatest poet and playwright was born in Stratford the son of a tradesman and Alderman of Stratford John Shakespeare in 1564 William the eldest son and third child of eight was baptized on the 26th April 1564 He received his early education at Stratford Grammar School but little is known of his life up to his eighteenth year His Grammar School curriculum would have provided a formidable linguistic and to some extent literary education It is noted that he did not like grammar but did have a love for dramatics Shakespeare attended Kings New School in Stratford which was one of the best grammar schools Shakespeare read many books He used some of these books as sources for his plays One of his most prominent sources of literature was the book The Union of the Two Noble and Illustre families of Lancaster and York written by Hall Shakespeare used this book to help inscribe his plays about many kings including three plays about Henry VI and a play written about Richard III Also he wrote Othello on the basis of Hecatommithi and Twelfth Night on the basis of His Farewell to Military Profession More than fifty percent of Shakespeares plays were influenced from various groups of topics Other things that influenced Shakespeares plays were his life experiences As a young boy dramatic events that occurred led to his writing of Hamlet The drowning of a girl named Katherine he knew was also a source of his playwriting History affected his writing as well One of Shakespeares most heralded plays was based on the life and demise of Julius Caesar He gathered information about Caesar and with his literary brilliance wrote about Caesar and his story in a unique perspective Also the life of Marc Antony was very influential in one of Shakespeares great plays as well as the bible and other chronicles Many of these influences were brought upon by his education
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