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WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE 1564-1616 Shakespeare was born on or just before April 23 1564 in Warwickshire town of Stratford His mother was Mary Arden and his father was John Shakespeare John was a glove maker and trader in farm produce He later became the mayor of Stratford William was third of eight children In 1582 when William was 18 he married Ann Hathaway a daughter of a farmer in Stratford They moved to London in 1583 They had three children Susana 1583-1649 the twins Hamnet 1585-1596 and Judith 1585-1662 He spent most of his life in London theaters as a dramatist actor and poet His acting company was the Chamberlains Men later called the Kings Men and performed in two theaters the Globe Theatre and the Blackfriars He wrote some of the greatest poems Some of these poems were Venus and Adonis The Rape of Lucrece The Passionate Pilgrim The Phoenix and the Turtle Autolycus Sings and Ariels Songs He was perhaps the worlds greatest playwright Some of Shakespeares famous plays were The Comedy of Errors 1590 The Two Gentlemen of Verona 1591 Loves Labours Lost 1593 Titus Andronicus 1593 His latter works included The Taming of the Shrew 1594 A Midsummer Nights Dream 1595 The Merchant of Venice 1596 Much Ado about Nothing 1598 The Merry Wives of Windsor 1599 Romeo and Juliet 1596 Julius Caesar 1599 Hamlet 1601 Macbeth 1606 After about 1608 Shakespeares dramatic production lessened and it seems that he spent more time in Stratford where he had established his family in a house called New Place and had become a leading local citizen He died on April 23 1616 and was buried in the Stratford church The carving on his tombstone reads Good Friend for Jesus sake forbear To dig the dust enclosed here Blest be the man that spares these bones And curst be he who moves my bones Autolycus Sings
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