For all his fame and celebration, William Shakespeare remains a mysterious figure with regards to personal history. There are just two primary sources for information on the Bard: his works, and various legal and church documents that have survived from Elizabethan times. Naturally, there are many gaps in this body of information, which tells us little about Shakespeare the man. William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, allegedly on April 23, 1564. Church records from Holy Trinity Church indicate that he was baptized there on April 26, 1564.
The time after this, from 1585 -1592, became known as the lost years as there are little known about Shakespeare in that period of time. It is assumed that around 1590 Shakespeare left Stratford to London and began his play writing career. Shakespeare’s first play had been Henry VI, Part One. Then in 1593, the theatres became closed due to the bubonic plague and reopen the next year. During that ... ... middle of paper ... ... other than pure interest that Schoenbaum would write of Shakespeare, the Shakespeare’s accomplishments would be it.
A bond certificate dated November the 28th, 1582, reveals that an eighteen year old William married the twenty-six and pregnant Anne Hathaway. Barely seven months later, they had his first daughter, Susanna. Anne never left Stratford, living there her entire life. Susanna was baptised in Stratford sometime in May, 1583. Baptism records again reveal that twins Hamnet and Judith were born in February 1592.
John Shakespeare was a “prominent and prosperous alderman” in Stratford, and was “granted a coat of arms by the College of Heralds” (Hanna - Life). Little is known of Shakespeare’s boyhood but it is believed that he probably attended the “Stratford Grammar School” (Hanna - Life). There is no record of him having gone on to either Oxford or Cambridge, both of which were well established by his time (Hanna - Life). Shakespeare’s name turns up next in 1582 when he marries Anne Hathaway, some eight years his senior (Hanna - Life). Their daughter Susanna was born in 1583 and twins, Judith and Hamnet, were born in 1585 (Hanna - Life).
(Hayes 1D) Shakespeare is both fact and fiction, he was no concern until nearly two hundred years after he perished, and there is still no definite or probably will there ever be a conclusion to this mystery. (Sobran 44) There is another man that can be attributed with the works of "Shakespeare", His name is Edward DeVere, the 17th Earl of Oxford. (Bethell 47) The man known as Shakespeare does not fit perfectly into the necessary criteria to determine the author of these works. Thomas Looney invented a series of criteria that had to be filled, in order to be a possible candidate for the authorship of the Shakespearean works. To have all the knowledge that is portrayed in the works, the author must have accomplished many things.
Shakespeare was also an actor. Some of the documentation historians have about Shakespeare is the critiques of how awful of an actor he was. The main place where he acted and put on his plays was the Globe Lusher 2 Thea... ... middle of paper ... ...art) There is not a lot known about Shakespeare, but what historians do know lead some people to believe it would not be possible for him to write his own plays. The truth is historians may never know who truly wrote William Shakespeare’s works. There is no concrete evidence linking his work to another person other than himself writing them.
It means that Looney may found the real author who authored the plays. This also shows that William Shakespeare may not be the author at all. According to this quote,” Periods in which Shakespeare wrote typically did not include the authors name at all,” (Khapp Para. 4), it gives us a feeling that we might have some strong evidence. This clearly shows that someone else may have wrote the plays but did not include their name, so William thought he could plagiarize and pretend he wrote them.
These are usually divided into four categories histories, comedies, tragedies, and romances. Only eighteen of Shakespeare’s plays were published separately in quarto editions during his lifetime a complete collection of his works did not appear until the publication of the First Folio in 1623 several years after his death. Sometime after 1612 Shakespeare retired from the stage and returned to his home in Stratford. He drew up his will in January of 1616 which included his famous bequest to his wife of his second best bed. The first collected edition of his works was published in 1623 and is known as the First Folio.
To be able to write, Shakespeare must have had an education but some claim because t... ... middle of paper ... ...write these stories and if Shakespeare had been proven fake this theory is very believable. In conclusion, this essay discussed a couple of the theories that William Shakespeare was not the true author of the extensive works with his name on them. William Shakespeare, though there is not a lot of evidence, wrote the works and people should be happy that we have the works. William Shakespeare was not tried as being the author until at least 150 years after his death. William Shakespeare has left evidence of his will and his house, which can still be visited to this day.
No records exist to reveal how long William may have attended school. But, what is certain is that he did not attend university schooling, which is why people question the authorship of his works. At eighteen William Shakespeare married twenty-six year old Anna Hatheway. Since he was a minor he had to get his father's approval, and it was granted. On 27 November 1582, at Temple Grafton Church, Anne and William got married.