We do not know much about Shakespeare's life. However, we do know that he was married to Anne Hathaway, a woman five or six years older than he was. He had three children, Susanna Hall, Hamnet Shakespeare and Judith Quiney. By 1592 he had become an actor and was becoming well known as a writer of plays. At his death in 1616, Shakespeare had never published his plays. The plays were collected and published some years after his death. Friends had realized that other people were publishing changed copies of the plays.
There is proof that people in Shakespeare's time thought highly of him. After his death, even his rival Ben Jonson said:
Triumph, my Britain, thou hast one to show,
To whom all scenes of Europe homage owe.
He was not of an age, but for all time!