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William Shakespeare was born in April 1564 the oldest son of John Shakespeare His father a glover trader and landowner married Mary Arden the daughter of an affluent landowner of Wilmcote John Shakespeare was ambitious and he filled many municipal offices in Stratford including that of burgess which privileged him to educate his children without charge at the Kings New School in Stratford He rose by election to the position of Alderman in 1565 and in 1568 he was elected Bailiff equivalent to mayor and in that year he made an application to the Heralds office for a grant of arms In his position as Bailiff he was responsible for licensing companies of actors who applied to play in the Guild Hall William Shakespeare married Ann Hathaway in November 1582 and six months later their daughter Susanna was born Two other children were born the twins Hamnet and Judith in February 1585 Sometime after this he joined a troupe of players and made his way to London As a member of Londons leading theater company the Lord Chamberlains Company he wrote plays and eventually became a sharer in the Globe theater He was so successful that in 1596 he successfully renewed his fathers application for a grant of arms and the following year he bought and restored New Place the second-largest house in Stratford He also bought other real estate in Stratford and London Shakespeare semi-retired from London life some time around 1610 He died 23 April 1616 disposing of his large estate in his will These in bare outline are the facts of Shakespeares life Anti-Stratfordians claim that this William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon was not the author of the plays and poems that bear his name but actually the evidence for Shakespeares authorship is abundant and wide-ranging for the era in which he lived much more abundant than the comparable evidence for most other contemporary playwrights This evidence falls into several different
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