William Shakespeare In April 1564, a baby boy was born to the Shakespeare family. They named him William, or Will for short. Will was the eldest of six children, and he would grow up to become the most famous English writer of all time. The Shakespeares lived in Stratford –upon-Avon, a little town in the middle of England. A hundred miles to the south lay London, the capital of England. A hundred miles was a long way in those days, and most people had only heard about London from stories. When Will got older he started to go to the town`s Grammar School. The pupils there learned subjects like poetry, Latin, Greek and religion. Parents and teachers harshly punished children who misbehaved. When William turned eighteen he married a girl named Anne Hathaway. Anne was eight years older than William. They soon had a family including a daughter named Susanna and twins named Hamnet and Judith. After a few years, Will and his family moved to London where he started to write plays for an acting company called Lord Chamberlain´s Men. He worked as an actor as well. Shakespeare’s plays got very popular. Plays like “Romeo and Juliet, “Macbeth” and “Hamlet” are popular today as well. As he grew older, Will spent less time in London and more time with his family in Stratford. He died in Stratford on his birthday in 1616, just 52 years old. Although he was gone, he has never been forgotten. People today continues to read his poetry and watch his plays at the theatre, and he is one of the world`s most known writers of all times.