In the years ahead, Anne and the children lived in Stratford while Shakespeare worked in London, although we don't know when he moved there. Some later observers have suggested that this separation, and the couple's relatively few children, were signs of a strained marriage, but we do not know that, either.
Someone pursuing a theater career had no choice but to work in London, and many branches of the Shakespeares had small families. Shakespeare's only son, Hamnet, died in at the age of His older daughter Susanna later married a well-to-do Stratford doctor, John Hall. Their daughter Elizabeth, Shakespeare's first grandchild, was born in In , just months before his death, Shakespeare's daughter Judith married Thomas Quiney, a Stratford vintner.
The family subsequently died out, leaving no direct descendants of Shakespeare. For several years after Judith and Hamnet's arrival in , nothing is known for certain of Shakespeare's activities: how he earned a living, when he moved from Stratford, or how he got his start in the theater. Following this gap in the record, the first definite mention of Shakespeare is in as an established London actor and playwright, mocked by a contemporary as a "Shake-scene.
The next year, in , Shakespeare published a long poem, Venus and Adonis. The first quarto editions of his early plays appeared in For more than two decades, Shakespeare had multiple roles in the London theater as an actor, playwright, and, in time, a business partner in a major acting company, the Lord Chamberlain's Men renamed the King's Men in Shakespeare prospered financially from his partnership in the Lord Chamberlain's Men later the King's Men , as well as from his writing and acting.
He invested much of his wealth in real-estate purchases in Stratford and bought the second-largest house in town, New Place, in He died on April 23, —the traditional date of his birthday, though his precise birthdate is unknown. We also do not know the cause of his death. His brother-in-law had died a week earlier, which could imply infectious disease, but Shakespeare's health may have had a longer decline. The memorial bust of Shakespeare at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford is considered one of two authentic likenesses, because it was approved by people who knew him.
The bust in the Folger's Paster Reading Room, shown at left, is a copy of this statue. The other such likeness is the engraving by Martin Droeshout in the First Folio edition of Shakespeare's plays, produced seven years after his death by his friends and colleagues from the King's Men. Shakespeare's Life. Item Title:.
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