William Shakespeare (2691 words)

Lois Potter
Download PDF Save to Bookshelf Share on Facebook Tweet Report an Error

The world's most quoted poet and dramatist was born in the market town of Stratford-upon-Avon between 22 and 24 April, 1564. As the eldest surviving child of a successful middle-class glover and businessman who held several important borough offices, he may have attended the local grammar school, but his formal education probably ended around 1577 when his father's fortunes abruptly declined. Several reasons have been suggested: his own faults (drink and bad judgement), unavoidable factors (national economic depression), and conscience (he may have been a Roman Catholic, susceptible to increasing penalties from 1570 on).

Shakespeare married the already pregnant Anne Hathaway in 1582, when he was only 19, and by 1585 was the f…

We have have no profile for this entry. If you are a qualified scholar and you wish to write for The Literary Encyclopedia, please click here to contact us.

Citation:
Potter, Lois. "William Shakespeare". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 31 July 2001
[https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=5160, accessed 20 September 2018.]


Related Groups

  1. English Renaissance Theatre - Elizabethan
  2. Revenge Tragedy
  3. English Renaissance Theatre - Jacobean
  4. The Sonnet Tradition

Save this article

If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here.