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Wherever we go today we just cant seem to get away from him He is in movies in the theater even on TV Whether modernized or set back in Elizabethan times his influence is everywhere in the things we use for our entertainment We think we know who he really was what his life has all about He almost seems immortal in our eyes Who was William Shakespeare Who was this man we still have placed on a pedestal almost four thousand years after he lived Was he really the man that Hollywood glamorized Shakespeares life work and controversies come together to form our beliefs of who this great writer really is William Shakespeare is clouded with mystery He was born in Stratford-upon-Avon Warwickshire England in 1564 Although his exact birth date is not know there is a record of his baptism on April 26 1954 Kay 13 His date of birth would have fallen shortly before that day He was born to John Shakespeare and his wife Mary Arden and was the oldest of three sons He also had four sisters Shakespeare was educated at the local grammar school Other than that there really is not much known about Shakespeares youth The next concrete piece of evidence about Shakespeares life is his marriage to Anne Hathaway in November 1582 when he was just eighteen years old It was a marriage of inconvenience Anne was eight years older than he was and pregnant at the time so they had no choice but to marry Their first daughter Susanna was born in 1583 and twins Hamnet and Judith were born in 1585 Shakespeare is said to have felt trapped by this marriage Soon after he left for London That is where he stayed until he returned to Stratford in 1610 for the last few years of his life He died April 23 1616 After his death none of his personal papers or books survived
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