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Tenth Grade Literature

Mr. Johnson

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”).



Works Cited

“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