William Shakespeare, the playwright, had a life of virtual mystery, intrigue and relative sadness. Shakespeare grew up in a modest upbringing and was known to have only completed elementary school. Though he did not attend college, he would end up as one of histories greatest literary success stories. The mysteries surrounding the life of William Shakespeare are perpetuated with the reference to the lost years'; two distinct periods of time from 1578-1582 and 1585-1592, where Shakespeare seemed to have fallen off the face of the plant. I will discuss the town where Shakespeare hales from, excerpts from his works and not commonly discussed information. Followed by a summary of my research.
I recently had the opportunity to take my family on a trip to learn and support my research paper, as we visited the home town of William Shakespeare; Stratford-upon-Avon, a small, rustic, yet aesthetically pleasing town, centered on the river Avon, in the heart of the United Kingdom. The contemporary version of the city is an eclectic mix of old and new buildings and facilities, which capture the essence of William Shakespeare and the folklore he brought to all of Warwickshire. A scenic view from any location along the river banks, seems like a prime location to invigorate the creative juices' of almost anyone; it is just that beautiful. As a tribute to Shakespeare the Royal Shakespeare Company performs in front of sold out crowds, nearly year round, in a facility on the banks of the Avon. Stratford-upon-Avon has meticulously maintained the reverence of William Shakespeare in both life and death and is a must to see for any person either researching him or wanting to come to Europe to learn.
William Shakespeare was born in the year of 1564 and due to poor public records practices of the day, there was not a record to his birth. Instead, baptismal records reveal that a child of this same name, from the same town, was born on the 23rd of April in the year 1564. It is believed this is the only documented record of William Shakespeare's birth. In the year 1582, William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway and within one year had his daughter, Susanna. Two years later Anne bore twins, daughter Judith and son, Hamnet.
Shakespeare was unknown for many years, until in Robert Greene, a very popular dramatist of the era, wrote in his biography entitled "Groats-worth of Witte," of Shakespeare's conceitedness and lack of talent.
" for there is an upstart Crow, beautified with our feathers, that with
his Tygers hart wrapt in a Players hyde, supposes he is as well able
to bombast out a blanke verse as the best of you: and beeing an absolute
Johannes fac totum, is in his owne conceit the onely Shake-scene
in a countrey "
Greene's inclusion of Shakespeare in his biography seemed to be the catalyst to the remarkable career of William Shakespeare, as within a year of Greene's mentioning of Shakespeare in his biography, he...