William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

Born: 01/04/1564 Died: 23/04/1616 Gender: Male Occupation: Playwright and poet

William Shakespeare is widely regarded as one of the greatest writers in the history of English literature. He is the author of at least 37 plays, 154 sonnets and two long narrative poems. His plays are performed worldwide and have been translated into over 80 languages. Despite his fame, much about William Shakespeare is a mystery – we do not know his exact date of birth, and there are seven years of his life in which there is no trace of his existence in historical records.

Image source: William Shakespeare, frontispiece from The First Folio, British Library

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Shakespeare’s First Folio

Title: The First Folio Published: 1623 Format: Drama Learn more
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