William Shakespeare-Bard of Avon

First folio

William Shakespeare-Bard of Avon.

William Shakespeare was an English poet, dramatist, playwright and actor of the Renaissance era. He is regarded as the world’s greatest writer and the dramatist. He is known as the National poet of England and he is given the title- Bard of Avon.

William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare’s personal life

William Shakespeare’s birth details are not known but according to an old church records Shakespeare was baptized on 26th April 1564 at holy Trinity Church in stratford-upon-Avon. At the age of 18 Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway and they had three children- Susanna and twins Hamnet and Judith.

William Shakespeare's wife Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway

Lost years of William Shakespeare

In Shakespeare’s life there were no records for a period of seven years between 1587 to 1592 after the birth of his twins in 1585. This period is called as the lost years by the scholars and there is a much speculation on what he was doing in this period.

The King’s Men

Lord Chamberlain’s Men which was later called as The King’s Men was an acting company in London. In the early 1590’s Shakespeare was a managing partner in this company. This company was very popular. Records show that Shakespeare works were published and sold as popular literature.

The King's Men theater
The King’s Men theater

William Shakespeare as an Actor and Playwright

There was evidence that Shakespeare lived as an actor and playwright, producing several plays by 1592 in London. In early career his first and second published poems were “Venus and Adonis” in 1593 and “The Rape of Lucrece” in 1594. Shakespeare dedicated his first two published poems to Henry Wriothesley. From 1590 to 1613 he wrote 37 plays and by 1597 he had published 15 of 37 plays. His plays revolved around some main themes like tragedies, comedies, histories and mixed themes like tragicomedies.

Shakespeare’s Globe theater

Shakespeare and his business partners started their own theater, an open-air playhouse which was built in 1599 located on the south bank of the River Thames. The theater was named as the Globe Theater.

William Shakespeare's Globe theater
The Globe

Shakespeare’s First Folio

It was the first compiled edition of William Shakespeare’s plays, collected and published in 1623, after Shakespeare’s death. Folio editions are large and expensive books that can be viewed as prestigious items.

William Shakespeare's First Folio
The First Folio

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