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Benson: There’s more to Shakespeare than his stories

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We know so little of William Shakespeare’s life. We know that he was christened on April 26, 1564, and that his father, John Shakespeare, made gloves in Stratford and served as an alderman on the town council. We know that in November of 1582, when Will was 18, he married Anne Hathaway, then 26; and six months later Anne gave birth to a daughter, Susannah.


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