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William Shakespeare is the worlds most admired playwright and poet He was born in April 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon about 100 miles northwest of London According to the records of Stratfords Holy Trinity Church he was baptized on April 26 As with most sixteenth century births the actual day is not recorded but people are guessing that he was born on April 23 Shakespeares parents were John and Mary Shakespeare who lived in Henley Street Stratford John the son of Richard Shakespeare was a maker worker and seller of leather goods like purses belts and gloves and a dealer in agricultural commodities He served in Stratford government successively as a member of the Council constable chamberlain alderman and finally high bailiff which is the equivalent of town mayor About 1577 John Shakespeares fortunes began to decline for unknown reasons There are records of debts William had seven siblings He was the third child and first born son In the sixteenth century Stratford-upon-Avon was an important agricultural center and market town The building in Henley street known today as the birthplace of William Shakespeare was at the time of his birth two different buildings that John Shakespeare bought at two different times William went to school at the Stratford Grammar School He had to show up at six or seven AM depending on the season and stay there most of the day six days a week William studied many different authors and dramatists including Caesar Cicero Virgil Horace Livy and Ovid Ovid was his favorite Grammar school was the beginning of Shakespeares career Almost everything he mastered he learned there After grammar school William went to the Warwickshire Countryside There he played parts in plays and wrote poetry The years 1594-1599 were momentous for Shakespeare He produced a steady stream of plays of the highest quality He continued as a principal actor and manager in the Chamberlains men blessed with a
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