This is my uncompleted biography of William Shakespeare:
William Shakespeare was born in 1564, in Stratford-upon-Avon, in England. After attending King’s New School, a grammar school, something which was fairly uncommon in those days, he married Anne Hathaway, aged 18. At around the age of 26, he travelled to London to become an actor and playwright. For the next 20 years, he wrote some of the world’s most well-known and critically-acclaimed plays. These ranged from comedies, to histories, to tragedies.
In 1594, Shakespeare joined the Lord Chamberlain’s Company of Actors, the most popular group of actors at that time. Many of his plays were performed by himself and the Company, making Shakespeare extremely wealthy. With his money, he brought a large house in Stratford-upon-Avon, among other things. He also contributed, with other members of his Company, to the purchase of a new theatre, the Globe. This theatre could contain up to 3,000 people, and Shakespeare’s works were regularly performed there.
As well as being a playwright, Shakespeare also wrote numerous poems. Back in his day, poems were considered a way to make a lasting contribution to literature and gain enduring recognition. He wrote many sonnets that contained rich descriptions of both people and nature, expressing a large range of emotions.
Shakespeare used a total of approximately 25,000 different words in all the plays he wrote. Around 2,000 of these are thought to have been made up, and we still use many today, such as amazement, countless, dwindle, and submerged. He was a very inventive and imaginative man!
This is a list of Shakespeare’s plays:
All’s Well That Ends Well
As You Like It
Comedy of Errors
Love’s Labour’s Lost
Measure for Measure
Merchant of Venice
Merry Wives of Windsor
Midsummer Night’s Dream
Much Ado about Nothing
Taming of the Shrew
Two Gentlemen of Verona
Henry IV, Part I
Henry IV, Part II
Henry VI, Part I
Henry VI, Part II
Henry VI, Part III
Antony and Cleopatra
Romeo and Juliet
Timon of Athens
Troilus and Cressida
They are grouped into the categories of comedies, tragedies and histories because they were the three main types of play when Shakespeare was around.
Now, here is a list of Shakespeare’s accomplishments and skills. Some of them have already been detailed, but here they are anyway:
- Shakespeare created around 2000 new words over the course of writing all his plays.
- He was part of the group that funded the ‘Globe’ theatre and performed there regularly.
- He wrote an astonishing 37 plays and 158 sonnets over the course of his literary career.
- Shakespeare had eight children with Anne Hathaway, including one set of twins.
- Shakespeare, unlike many artists, was appreciated in his own time and was admired by Queen Elizabeth I and King James I.
- He is said to have had a vocabulary of over 29,000 words.