Even if William is considered one of the most famous writer in the world, relatively little is known about his life. He was born in Stratford-upon-Avon on 23 April 1564 and probably died the same day of the birth in 1616.
He was educated in a local grammar school and in 1582 he married Anne Hathaway, and had a daughter and twins. Nothing is known about how he began his career. While London soon became the centre of professional life, his family continued to live in Stratford. In 1592 he was already a well-known playwright. When the spread of plague closed London theatres (1592-1594), Shakespeare started to write his famous sonnets. His patron and friend was the Earl of Southampton. After the plague, Shakespeare became a member of the syndicate which built the Globe.