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William Shakespeare was born in the year of 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon England His exact birth date is unknown but it is traditionally celebrated on April 23 In England this day is known as the feast of St George He was the third of eight children born to John and Mary Arden Shakespeare John Shakespeare was a tanner and a glove maker He served a term as the mayor of Stratford a town council man a justice of peace and an ale-taster Unfortunately John could not write John Shakespeare died in 1601 Since William was his eldest son he received what little land his father owned Little is known about his mothers life It is known that she came from a wealthy family Her family also paid her husband a handsome dowry William Shakespeare went to a very good grammar school in Stratford-upon- Avon Two of his instructors were Oxford graduates Simon Hunt and Thomas Jenkins Williams studies were in Greek and Latin He developed the ability of keen observation of both nature and mankind It is said that his education ended here On November 27 1582 when William was 18 years old he married Anne Hathaway She was ten years older than him Their first daughter named Susanna was born the next year on May 26 1583 The couple also had twins Hamnet and Judith in 1585 Hamnet died at the age of eleven but it is unknown how Between the years of 1585 and 1592 no evidence of what happened in Shakespeares life is known These years are called The Hidden Years It is said that during this stretch of time he ran away from the law or was the apprentice of a butcher although a man named John Aubry was told by Christopher Beston that Shakespeare was a school teacher up until 1592 somewhere in London Beginning in 1592 in London he became known as an established playwright In 1593 he found
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