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William Shakespeare was a great English playwright dramatist and poet who lived during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries Shakespeare is considered to be the greatest playwright of all time No other writers plays have been produced so many times or read 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 a leather shop John Shakespeare was a well-known and respected man in the town He held several important local governmental positions William Shakespeares mother was Mary Arden Though she was the daughter of a local farmer she was related to a wealthy family Mary Arden and John Shakespeare were married in 1557William Shakespeare was born in Stratford in 1564 He was one of eight children The Shakespeares were well-respected prominent people When William Shakespeare was about seven years old he probably began attending the Stratford Grammar School with other boys of his social class Students went to school year round attending school for nine hours a day The teachers were strict disciplinariansThough Shakespeare spent long hours at school his boyhood was probably 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 an 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 of the neighboring village of Shottery She was twenty-six and he was only eighteen at the time They had three children Susana was their first and then they had twins Hamnet and Judith Hamnet Shakespeares son died in 1596 In 1607 his
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