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William Shakespeare was a great English playwright dramatistand poet who lived during the late sixteenth and early seventeenthcenturies Shakespeare is considered to be the greatest playwright ofall time No other writers plays have been produced so many times orread so widely in so many countries as hisShakespeare was born to middle class parents His father John was a Stratford businessman He was a glove maker who owned aleather shop John Shakespeare was a well known and respected manin the town He held several important local governmental positions William Shakespeares mother was Mary Arden Though she was thedaughter of a local farmer she was related to a family of considerable wealth and social standing Mary Arden and John William Shakespeare was born in Stratford in 1564 He was oneof eight children The Shakespeares were well respected prominentpeople When William Shakespeare was about seven years old heprobably began attending the Stratford Grammar School with otherboys of his social class Students went to school year round attending school for nine hours a day The teachers were strict Though Shakespeare spent long hours at school his boyhood wasprobably fascinating Stratford was a lively town and during holidays it was known to put on pageants and many popular shows It also held several large fairs during the year Stratford was a exciting place to live Stratford also had fields and woods surrounding it giving William the opportunity to hunt and trap small game The River Avon which ran through the town allowed him to fish also Shakespeares poems and plays show his love of nature and rural life which reflects his childhoodOn November 28 1582 Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway ofthe neighboring village of Shottery She was twenty-six and he wasonly eighteen at the time They had three children Susana was theirfirst and then they had twins Hamnet and Judith HamnetShakespeares son died in 1596 In 1607 his daughter Susana gotmarried Shakespeares other daughter Judith got married in 1616In London Shakespeares
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