William Shakespeare

(1564-1616)



William Shakespeare was born in 1564. His family were quite wealthy. At the age of 18 he married Anne Hathaway. They had three children. Shakespeare did a number of different jobs, but he really wanted to be an actor and a writer. He began to write poems and plays.

When he was 28 he went to London and joined a group of actors. Soon they began to perform the plays Shakespeare had written. Some of his plays were comedies, which had happy endings and some were tragedies, which had sad endings. Some were plays about the lives of Kings. They became very popular. Even Elizabeth I invited the actors to perform at her court.

Shakespeare became a very wealthy man. He died in 1616 at the age of 52.
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