William Shakespeare was an English playwright, poet, and actor. He is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s greatest dramatist.
His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. His works continue to be studied and reinterpreted.
Sometime between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part-owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, later known as the King’s Men. At age 49 (around 1613), he appears to have retired to Stratford, where he died three years later.
Shakespeare produced most of his known works between 1589 and 1613. His early plays were primarily comedies and histories and are regarded as some of the best works produced in these genres.
In the last phase of his life, he wrote tragicomedies (also known as romances) and collaborated with other playwrights.
Who is William Shakespeare’s wife?
William Shakespeare’s wife was called Anne Hathaway.
Hathaway was 26 years old and Shakespeare was 18 when they got married. She outlived her husband by seven years. Very little is known about her life beyond a few references in legal documents.
She is believed to have grown up in Shottery, a village just to the west of Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England. She is assumed to have grown up in the farmhouse that was the Hathaway family home, which is located at Shottery and is now a major tourist attraction for the village.
Anne had three children with William; Susanna and twins Hamnet and Judith.
Anne died on 6 August 1623. She was interred in a separate grave next to her husband in the Church of the Holy Trinity, Stratford-upon-Avon.
There is an inscription on her grave that states, “Here lyeth the body of Anne wife of William Shakespeare who departed this life the 6th day of August 1623 being of the age of 67 years.” A Latin inscription followed which translates as “Breasts, O mother, milk and life thou didst give. Woe is me—for how great a boon shall I give stones? How much rather would I pray that the good angel should move the stone so that, like Christ’s body, thine image might come forth! But my prayers are unavailing. Come quickly, Christ, that my mother, though shut within this tomb may rise again and reach the stars.”