William Shakespeare is arguably[可论证地] the most famous author and poet of all time. His works are studied in grade school[（美）小学] classrooms, college courses focus on his life and works, and professional authors look to him for inspiration. We know a great deal about the Bard注1 himself, but there is still much we do not know. The mysteries surrounding his life keep us interested and looking for more.
Shakespeare's Early Years 早年生活
William Shakespeare was born in April of 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, on or around the 23rd day of the month. The exact date of his birth is unknown. Based on documents stating that he was baptized[施洗礼] on the 26th of April, a rite[仪式] that was traditionally conducted about three days following birth, we can assume that Shakespeare was born on the 23rd.
Very little is known about Shakespeare's education. It is thought he began grammar school in Stratford around age six, but it has been suggested that the school's records were intentionally destroyed, so there is no definitive[确定的] proof. We do not know how long he remained a student, but missing records also suggest that Shakespeare never attended university. The question of education is cited by many claiming that Shakespeare did not write his now famous works.
Shakespeare's Personal and Professional Life 个人生活及事业生涯
In 1582 at the age of 18, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, a woman eight years his senior. The couple had three children, including a son named Hamnet, who many believe was the inspiration for the name Hamlet in his famous play, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. Susanna, the first of his children, was born just five months after their wedding, an event which at the time would have raised some eyebrows[使不满].
Shakespeare was not only a playwright, but an actor as well, and served as a member of the acting troupe[剧团] The Lord Chamberlain's Men (later known as the King's Men). By 1598, it became necessary for the group to build their own theater. Pooling their money, they built the Globe Theater (completed in 1599), and were financially rewarded for their investment thanks to high ticket sales. The Globe attracted lower and upper class citizens alike, and as a result Shakespeare's fame grew.