What were Shakespeare's childhood, education, and interests like?

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Sadly, there is very little documented factual evidence concerning the life of William Shakespeare, and events concerning his younger life are even more obscure. Born in Stratford-upon-Avon (probably on April 23, 1564), he was the son of John Shakespeare, a glove maker and town alderman who was born in Snitterfield; and Mary Arden, a farmer's daughter from Warwickshire. One of eight children, William probably attended King's New School in Stratford, which was just a short walk from his home. While there, he almost certainly became well-versed in Latin and the classics of the era. At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway, who was eight years his senior. They had three children together.

Little else is known about Shakespeare until his name appeared in London theatre notices in 1592. As for his personal interests, aside from his brilliant writing, it is anyone's guess.

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