William Shakespeare

Author of An Excellent conceited Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet and 190+ Books

William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare


William Shakespeare (baptized April 26, 1564) was an English poet and playwright, widely considered to be the greatest writer in English and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems, often referred to as England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "The Bard"). His plays were translated into every major living language and performed more... frequently than any other playwright. Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon. Scholars believe he died on his fifty-second birthday, coinciding with St. George's Day. He married Anne Hathaway at the age of 18, who bore him three children: Susanna, and Hamnet and Judith twins. Between 1585 and 1592 he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer and part owner of the Lord Chamberlains Men playing company, later known as the Kings Men. He seems to have retired to Stratford around 1613, where he died three years later. Few records of Shakespeare's private life survive, and there was considerable speculation on such subjects as his sexuality, religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by others. Shakespeare produced most of his well-known work between 1590 and 1613. His early plays were primarily comedies and histories, genres which he raised to the peak of sophistication and art. Next he wrote mostly tragedies until about 1608, including Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth, considered some of English's finest examples. He wrote tragicomedies in his last phase, also known as romances, and worked with other playwrights. Many of his plays were published during his lifetime in editions of varying quality and accuracy, and in 1623 two of his former theatrical colleagues published First Folio, a collected edition of his dramatic works that included all but two of the plays now recognized as Shakespeares. Shakespeare was a respected poet and playwright in his own day, but his reputation did not rise to his present day. In particular, the Romantics hailed Shakespeare's genius, and the Victorians hailed Shakespeare with a reverence that George Bernard Shaw called "bardolatry." His work was repeatedly adopted and rediscovered in the twentieth century by new movements in scholarship and performance. His plays continue to be highly popular today and are consistently performed and reinterpreted throughout the world in various cultural and political contexts. Shakespeare wrote 37 plays and 154 sonnets throughout his lifetime, according to historians. Shakespeare's writing average was 1.5 plays a year since he began writing in 1589. The great master of language and literature did not authentically write plays and sonnets attributed to Shakespeare.READ MORE

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My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite.

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.

Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.

My tongue will tell the anger of my heart, or else my heart concealing it will break.

All's well that ends well.

No, no, I am but shadow of myself:
You are deceived, my substance is not here;

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