Mickey Mouse Mouse 1
Tenth Grade Literature
February 7, 2014
The Magic of Shakespeare
William Shakespeare, who lived from 1564 to 1616, was an English poet, playwright and actor, widely regarded as the greatest
writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the Bard of Avon. His
works include about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, and two long narrative poems (Smith 17). His plays have been translated into every major living
language and “are performed more often than those of any other playwright” (Jones 37). The events in his life influenced his writing;
Shakespeare’s family tragedies are particularly reflected in his most famous work, Hamlet.
Shakespeare was born and brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon. At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he had three
children: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith. Between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and
part-owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men (“Biography of William Shakespeare”). He
appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613 at age 49, where he died three years later. Few records of Shakespeare's private life survive,
and there has been considerable speculation about such matters as his physical appearance, religious beliefs, and whether the works
attributed to him were written by others (“Who Was Shakespeare”).
“Biography of William Shakespeare.” Biography.com. Academy of Famous People, 2010. Web. 7 Feb. 2014. www.biography.com/shakespeare.
Jones, Bill. “The Life and Works of William Shakespeare.” The William Shakespeare Learning Center. 2005. Web. 7 Feb. 2014. www.lifeofshakespeare.org/info/2541/info-reg.html
Smith, George. “Shakespeare.” The Man Behind the Plays. BBC, 2009. Web. 7 Feb. 2014. www.shakespeare.com.
“Who Was Shakespeare.” The William Shakespeare Foundation. British Publishing Company, 2011. Web. 7 Feb. 2014. www.williamshakespearefoundation.org/william/bio.