3/16/2012 3:47 PM
William Shakespeare is the most famous and most written about literary figure of all time, but interestingly, little is actually know about him. What we do know about him is that he was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564, married at 18, moved to London sometime between 1585-1592, published 3 books of poetry, was an actor and part owner of his theatre company, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men (later the King’s Men), and died in 1616. Shakespeare never published his own plays in his lifetime. It wasn’t until 1623 that two of his closest companions published the First Folio, containing 36 of his 37 plays.
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