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  1. Anne and William Shakespeare’s son Hamnet died in 1596, when he was 11 years old. We don’t know too much more about him. But author Maggie O’Farrell’s new novel, Hamnet, delves into his story and comes away with a lyrical and moving portrait of a family’s grief. The novel is focused not so much on William Shakespeare—in fact, O ...

  2. Hamnet Shakespeare was the son of English poet, playwright, and actor William Shakespeare. He was the fraternal twin of Shakespeare's youngest daughter, Judith Shakespeare. Hamnet passed away at the age of 11, and many scholars have since argued that his death might have prompted William Shakespeare to write some of his best-known tragedies ...

  3. Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell nods to William Shakespeare’s son and bounces off the play, Hamlet, by himself. Central to the story is Anne Hathaway who at age 26 married the young 18-year-old Wil.

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  4. Jul 17, 2020 · In 1596, Hamnet, just 11 years old, died. (The cause of death is unknown; O’Farrell imagines, plausibly, that it was plague.) By then William Shakespeare was an established playwright, living in ...

  5. Jan 14, 2021 · Biographers presume that Shakespeare must have rushed home in 1596 when his eleven-year-old son Hamnet fell gravely ill from unknown causes, but even that is by no means certain. The boy died in August and Stratford was a two-day ride from London, so it is possible that when word reached the playwright it was already too late.

  6. Feb 22, 2020 · Alas, poor Hamnet: spotlight falls on Shakespeare’s tragic only son This article is more than 1 year old Maggie O’Farrell is the latest modern writer to explore the mysterious life and early ...

  7. Shakespeare was born, brought up, and buried in Stratford-upon-Avon, where he maintained a household throughout the duration of his career in London.A market town of around 1,500 residents about 100 miles (160 km) north-west of London, Stratford was a centre for the slaughter, marketing, and distribution of sheep, as well as for hide tanning and wool trading.

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