poor until his death
At 18 he married Anne Hathaway in 1582. She was 26 years old. They had
three children Suzanne(1583) and the twins Hamnet and Judith(1585).
In his mid-twenties he left Stratford(supposedly because of poaching on the
an osler; next an actor.
No one knows what he was doing during 1585-1592.
By 1592 he had become known in London as an actor and playwright; his rise
time to support himself). In 1593 a brief reopening of the theater happened.
In 1594 theaters reopened.
The troupe became the Lord Chamberlain’s Men set up on a servant co-op
structure. Requirements for actors:
1. loud voice
2. sing and play instruments
3. good swordsman
4. good memories
receiving much of the financial support so they wanted to keep the gov’t
1597-bought New Place in Stratford(2nd largest house)
Southwark(South Bank of the Thames River). W.S. owned 1/10th
1603-Queen Elizabeth died. King James took reign of England. He loved the
to the King’s Men.
performances there also. W.S. owned 1/7th
Sonnets-published in 1610 but circulated earlier.
First Tragedy: The Tragedy of Hamlet
Late plays: Cymbeleneand and Winter’s Tale became bitter, ironic, and sad
(much as his mood was changing toward the latter parts of his life.)
He wrote 37 plays throughout his life.
1612-retired as a country gentlemen to New Place in Stratford
1616-wrote his will(by himself)
1616-April 23,1616 – died on the day and the month he was born
1623 – first folio was done by two of the men who admired him from his
company at the Globe.