WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (1564 – 1616)

William Shakespeare, as we learn from Church records, was baptized in the parish church at Stratford-on-Avon on April 26, 1564. He may have been born on April 23, St George’s Day, which happens also to be the date of his death in 1616. His father, John Shakespeare, was a burgess of the town, and seems to have followed the occupations of a butcher, a glover, and a farmer.A bond dated November 28, 1582, affords clear evidence of Shakespeare’s marriage on that date to a certain “Anne Hatthwey of Stratford.” As at this time Shakespeare was only 18 and ( as apears from the inscription on her monument ) the bride was 8 years old. In 1584 Shakespeare left his native town. In 1595 his name appears on the payroll of the Lord Chamberlain’s company of actors, who performed at the court. About 1610 Shakespeare left London for Stratford, where he stayed at New Place, a house that had bought in 1597.He  may have written his plays there; but it is likely that his connection with his company of actors ceased when the Globe Theatre was burned  down during a performance of Henry VIII in 1613.His will a hurriedly executed document, is dated March 25,1616. His dated March 25, 1616. His death occured a month later, April 23. Shakespeare’s two long narrative poems were among the earliest of his writings. Venus and Adonis (1593), composed in 6 line stanzas. “The Rape of Lucrece (1594), in rhyme royal stanzas, is pf less merit. In 1599 a collection  of  verse called The Passionate Pilgrim appeared with Shakespeare’s name on the title page.

Shakespeare’s Plays:—

1591 — 1592 > 1 Henry VI, 2 Henry VI, 3 Henry VI ;

                                  1593 ——– >  Richard III, The Comedy of Errors ;

                                  1594 ——– > Titus Andronicus, The Taming of the Shrew, Love’s 
                                                           Labour’s Lost , Romeo and Juliet ;

                                  1595 ——– > A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Two Gentlemen of 
                                                          Verona, King John ;

                                   1596 ——– > Richard II , The Merchant Of Venice ;

                                   1597 ——– >  1 Henry IV ;

                                   1598 ——— > Henry IV , Much Ado About Nothing ; 

                                   1599 ——– > Henry V, Julius Caesar ;

                                   1600 ——– > The Merry Wives of Windsor, As You Like It ;

                                   1601 ——— > Hamlet , Twelfth Night ;

                                   1602 ——— > Troilus and Cressida , All’s Well that Ends Well ;

                                   1603 ——— > (Theatres Closed ) ;

                                   1604 ———- > Measure for Measure , Othello ;

                                   1605 ———- >  Macbeth , King Lear ;

                                   1606 ———- > Antony and Cleopatra , Coriolanus ;
    
                                   1607 ———- > Timon of Athens (unfinished);
                                   
                                   1608 ———- > Pericles ( in part) ;

                                   1609 ———- > Cymbeline ;

                                   1610 ———- > The Winter’s Tale ;

                                   1611 ———- > The Tempest ; 

                                   1613 ——— > Henry VIII ( in part) . 

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