The Life of William Shakespeare and Unknown Facts About Him

William Shakespeare, one of the first names that come to mind when it comes to world literature, is a writer, who secured an everlasting fame with his romantic and heart touching phrases.  William Shakespeare was born on April 26, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, England to John Shakespeare, an alderman and leather goods merchant, and Mary Arden, daughter of a wealthy farmer, and baptized on April 26, 1564.



Shakespeare, the only child, who managed to survive, among 8 others, is mainly remembered for his poems and plays.  Referred to as the best dramatist in the world, Shakespeare is also known as England's national poet. With 38 plays, 154 sonnets and 2 long story poems that have survived to the present day, writer's plays have been translated into major languages across the world and have won great recognition by literature lovers.



Shakespeare's father was a merchant, and they were financially in good condition. The writer, who received decent education in a school where Latin was the language of learning, mainly studied Roman literature classics. This is why he did not go to university.  It was obvious from his stance and attitude, as well as his approach to literature, that William Shakespeare would become a very famous figure in the field of literature. 



The master writer married Anne Hathaway in 1582 at a very early age of 18. With 3 children from this marriage, Shakespeare suffered a great tragedy when he lost one of his children at the age of 11.  Hamnet, who died of an unknown cause, inflicted deep wounds on his father. Shakespeare's grief of losing a child was reflected in his works.  




Great Works of Shakespeare 

Many of the important works written by Shakespeare have enshrined in the hearts of literature lovers all over the world. Almost every work written by him was liked and appreciated during the period he lived and even years after his death.  




Shakespeare not only wrote, but also acted. The master writer, who performed in both his own and others' works, showed how successful he was in acting.  With works such as Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and The Shrew, Shakespeare has left behind many works which still glow even after his death.  Each of these works is a masterpiece in their own right, ensuring that the name Shakespeare is passed down from one generation to another.



William Shakespeare, the creator of extremely impressive and unforgettable works, died on April 23, 1616, at the age of 52.  Two days after his death, Shakespeare was buried in the chancellery of the Holy Trinity Church. The epitaph carved into the stone slab covering his grave includes a curse against the possibility of moving his bones. 




“Good friend, for Jesus' sake forbear, 

To dig the dust enclosed here. 

Blessed be the man that spares these stones, 

And cursed be he that moves my bones."

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