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Shakespeare‘s Life

Early Years

Youth

Marriage

Family

Lost Years

Later Years

Shakespeare‘s Work

 plays and poems

Top 5 Plays

Facts

Early years

Baptized 26 April, 1564

Stratford-upon-Avon, England

Seven siblings

Father: John Shakespeare

Glover

Upper class roots

Mother: Mary Arden

Catholic

Upper class roots

Inherited the house

Youth

Good education at grammar school

Focus on literature, poetry and history

No college education (no hints)

No further informations about his childhood and youth

Marriage

Married Anne Hathaway in 1582

Pregnant at the time

She was 26 years old

He was only 18

Born in 1556 (day is unknown)

Died 6 August, 1623

Clues for unhappy marriage

Moved to London without her

Does not benefit from testament

Family

First daughter: Susanna (*1583)

Favorite daughter

Married Dr. John Hall (military doctor)

Twins (*1585):

Judith

Hamnet (died: 1596)

Lost Years

The period between 1585 and 1592 is known as the „Lost Years“ because there are no documentary records of Shakespeare‘s activities

Later years

Moved to London (1591)

Worked as an actor and playwright (Globe Theatre)

At the age of 46 he moved back to Stratford

Rich man

Visited family and friends in London

Died at the age of 52 in Stratford

Exact date and reason unknown

Speculation: died of a fever caused by drinking

Shakespeare‘s work

Comedy History Tragedy Poetry

The Merchant

• of Venice

A midsummer

Night‘s Dream

The Tempest

Twelfth Night

Winter‘s Tale

Henry IV (1-3)

King John

Richard II

Hamlet

Romeo and

Juliet

Macbeth

Julius Caesar

The Sonnets

The Lover‘s

Complaint

Top 5 Plays

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3.

4.

5.

Hamlet (as well as his longest play)

Macbeth

Julius Caesar

The Tempest

1 Henry IV

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7.

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Romeo and Juliet

Facts

37 plays

154 sonnets

Most successful plays are tragedies

Still successful in other genres (history, comedy)

Most written plays are comedies

The Comedy of Errors was his shortest play

 his plays have inspired modern movies (The Lion King by Hamlet)

Source:

 http://www.shakespeare-online.com/plays/topplays.html

 http://shakespeare.mit.edu/

 http://www.bl.uk/treasures/shakespeare/basics.html

 http://screenrant.com/movies-based-on-shakespeare-plays/

 http://absoluteshakespeare.tripod.com/homepage/id1.html

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