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William Shakespeare was a English poet and playwright, one of the mos famous.


He was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, and his birth is 23. April 1564. He was child of John Shakespeare and Mary Arden. William, according to most biographies, was educated at the local school, where he studied Latin and Greek. He didn't proceed to any other school, but he read a lot of books at home. Although, no matter the education, he got a housewife as 18 years old, most certainly in November 1582. Her name was Anne Hathaway, and she were 8 years older than William. They got three children; Susanna(May of 1583), and the twins Hamlet og Judith(January of 1585).


We are not exactly sure when Shakespeare began writing, but think that William Shakespeare went to London in 1586 to develop his career. It was at this time he wrote ''Romeo and Juliet''. William didn't become well-known before 1592, when he attended to a successfully theater. Already as 22 years old, he was a well-known author.


1595 was his lucky-year. He joined the "The Chamberlain's Men", an acting company which was protected by the Queen. Later they changed name to ''The King's Men''. One year later, in 1696, his son Hamlet died. This may be the reason why he began to write more traditionally. Then he wrote plays like ''Hamler'', ''Othello'' and ''King Lear''. These plays were played at their(The King's Men) own stage ''Globe Theatre'', which they opened in 1599.


Around 1510, he went back to Stratford. There he lived until his death, 23. April 1616 (it is weird that he died on his birthday). He was buried in Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon.


While William Shakespeare lived, he wrote 37 plays and 154 sonnets. The plays are either history, comedi or tragedi. The most famous plays in our days is ''Romie and Juliet'', ''Macbeth'', ''Hamlet'' and ''Othello'', they are all tragedies. He also write plays with material from the Bristish history, like ''Richard III'' and ''King Henry IV''.


You may hear about ''to be, or not to be''? This is one of the most famous question in world litteratur. It comes from William Shakespeare's Hamlet, act three, scene one:

To be or not to be, that is the question;

Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer

The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,

Or to take arms against a sea of troubles ...

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