By William H. Benson

William Shakespeare


We know so little of William Shakespeare’s life.

We know that he was christened on April 26, 1564, and that his father, John Shakespeare, made gloves in Stratford and served as an alderman on the town council. We know that in November of 1582, when Will was eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway, then twenty-six; that six months later Anne gave birth to a daughter, Susannah; and that in February of 1585, Anne gave birth to a set of twins, Hamnet and Judith.

We know that in 1592, Will was a noted London playwright, that he purchased real estate in Stratford, that in 1610 he retired to his home...

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