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William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare also known as Bard of Avon was born on or near April 23, 1564. He was an English poet, playwright and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England’s national poet and the “Bard of Avon”. His extant works, including collaborations, consist of approximately 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems and a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

William Shakespeare Family

William was the third child of John Shakespeare, a leather merchant and Mary Arden, a local landed heiress. William had two older sisters, Joan and Judith and three younger brothers, Gilbert, Richard and Edmund. Before William’s birth, his father became a successful merchant and held official positions as alderman and bailiff, an office resembling a mayor. However, records indicate John’s fortunes declined sometime in the late 1570s.


William Shakespeare Life

Since William Shakespeare lived more than 400 years ago and many records from that time are lost or never existed in the first place. He was baptized in Stratford-upon-Avon, 100 miles northwest of London on April 26, 1564.

He grew up, had a family and bought property in Stratford, but he worked in London the center of English theater. As an actor, a playwright and a partner in a leading acting company, he became both prosperous and well-known. Even without knowing everything about his life, fans of Shakespeare have imagined and reimagined him according to their own tastes, just as we see with the 19th-century portrait of Shakespeare wooing his wife at the top of this page.

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare Work

Shakespeare wrote at least 38 plays and over 150 short and long poems, many of which are considered to be the finest ever written in English. His works have been translated into every major living language and some others besides (the Folger’s holdings include translations in Esperanto and Klingon) and nearly 400 years after his death, they continue to be performed around the world.

William Shakespeare Books

  1. Hamlet
  2. Macbeth
  3. Romeo and Juliet
  4. A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  5. Othello
  6. Much Ado About Nothing
  7. King Lear
  8. Twelfth Night
  9. The Tempest
  10. The Merchant of Venice
  11. Julius Caesar
  12. The Taming of the Shrew
  13. As You Like It
  14. Richard III
  15. Shakespeare’s Sonnets
  16. Antony and Cleopatra
  17. Henry V
  18. The Winter’s Tale
  19. Titus Andronicus
  20. The Comedy of Errors
  21. King Henry IV, Part 1 (Wars of the Roses, #2)
  22. Richard II
  23. Measure for Measure
  24. Coriolanus
  25. Love’s Labour’s Lost
  26. The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  27. Troilus and Cressida
  28. Cymbeline
  29. King Henry VI, Part 2
  30. The Merry Wives of Windsor
  31. Pericles
  32. Henry VIII
  33. King Henry VI, Part 3
  34. King John
  35. Henry IV, Part 2 (Wars of Roses, #3)
  36. Timon of Athens
  37. Henry VI, Part 1
  38. The Complete Works
  39. All’s Well That Ends Well
  40. King Edward III King Edward III
  41. The Phoenix and the Turtle
  42. Sonnets to a Young Man
  43. The Two Noble Kinsmen
  44. Venus and Adonis
  45. A Lover’s Complaint
  46. The Rape of Lucrece
  47. Thomas Lord Cromwell
  48. The London Prodigal
  49. Funeral Elegy
  50. To the Queen
  51. The Passionate Pilgrim (By Shakspere, Marlowe, Barnfield, Griffin And Other Writers Unknown)
  52. Shakespeare: The World as Stage
  53. Sir John Oldcastle
  54. Cardenio
  55. The Puritan: Or, the Widow of Watling Street
  56. The Complete Sonnets and Poems
  57. Love Poems and Sonnets
  58. Inside Reading: The Academic Word List in Context, Book 3
  59. Shakespeare: The Biography
  60. A Yorkshire tragedy. 1608
  61. Four Great Tragedies: Hamlet / Othello / King Lear / Macbeth
  62. The Riverside Shakespeare
  63. William Shakespeare: Complete Plays
  64. The Unabridged William Shakespeare
  65. The Sonnets and A Lover’s Complaint
  66. Works of William Shakespeare
  67. Everyman’s Poetry
  68. The Norton Shakespeare
  69. Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story
  70. The Complete Pelican Shakes
  71. Henry VI (Parts I, II and III)
  72. Four Great Comedies
  73. The Wicked Wit of William Shakespeare
  74. The Norton Shakespeare, Based on the Oxford Edition: Comedies
  75. Henry IV, Parts One and Two (No Fear Shakespeare)
  76. Shakespeare’s Cats: The Complete Sonnets for the Literary Cat-Lover
  77. The Complete Plays of Shakespeare & Commentaries
  78. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Volume 1
  79. Romeo Y Julieta/Julio Cesar
  80. The Norton Shakespeare, Based on the Oxford Edition: Tragedies
  81. The First Folio of Shakespeare: 1623
  82. Junkyard Dogs and William Shakespeare
  83. Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear: Three Tragedies
  84. Titus Andronicus and Timon of Athens
  85. William Shakespeare: Complete Poems
  86. Shakespeare On Love
  87. Four Histories (“Richard II”, “Henry IV Part One”, “Henry IV Part Two”, “Henry V”)
  88. Tragedije: Hamlet / Romeo i Julija / Otelo / Kralj Lear
  89. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Volume 2
  90. Hamlet / Othello / Macbeth
  91. The Necessary Shakespeare
  92. Four Comedies: The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night
  93. The Arden Shakespeare Complete Works
  94. The Merchant of Venice • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  95. The Late Romances: Pericles; Cymbeline; The Winter’s Tale; The Tempest
  96. The Poems

William Shakespeare’s Wife and Kids

William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway on November 28, 1582, in Worcester, in Canterbury Province. Hathaway was from Shottery, a small village a mile west of Stratford. William was 18 and Anne was 26, and, as it turns out, pregnant. Their first child, a daughter they named Susanna, was born on May 26, 1583. Two years later, on February 2, 1585, twins Hamnet and Judith were born. Hamnet later died of unknown causes at age 11.

William Shakespeare Plays

  1. All’s Well That Ends Well
  2. As You Like It
  3. Comedy of Errors
  4. Love’s Labour’s Lost
  5. Measure for Measure
  6. Merchant of Venice
  7. Merry Wives of Windsor
  8. Midsummer Night’s Dream
  9. Much Ado about Nothing
  10. Taming of the Shrew
  11. Tempest
  12. Twelfth Night
  13. Two Gentlemen of Verona
  14. Winter’s Tale
  15. Henry IV, Part I
  16. Henry IV, Part II
  17. Henry V
  18. Henry VI, Part I
  19. Henry VI, Part II
  20. Henry VI, Part III
  21. Henry VIII
  22. King John
  23. Pericles
  24. Richard II
  25. Richard III
  26. Antony and Cleopatra
  27. Coriolanus
  28. Cymbeline
  29. Hamlet
  30. Julius Caesar
  31. King Lear
  32. Macbeth
  33. Othello
  34. Romeo and Juliet
  35. Timon of Athens
  36. Titus Andronicus
  37. Troilus and Cressida

William Shakespeare Poems

1. Macbeth, Act IV, Scene I
2. Song of the Witches: “Double, double toil and trouble”
3. The Procreation Sonnets (1 – 17)
4. Sonnet Xxiv
5. Sonnet Lviii
6. Sonnet Xci
7. Speech: “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears”
8. Sonnet Lxi
9. Sonnet Xii
10. Sonnet Lxiii
11. Sonnet Lxii
12. Sonnet Lxix
13. Sonnet Xcv
14. Sonnet Lxxxviii
15. Sonnet Xlix
16. Sonnet Lvi
17. Sonnets Xiv
18. Sonnet Lxxx
19. Sonnet Lvii
20. Sonnet Xcviii
21. Speech: “Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow”
22. Sonnet Lix
23. Sonnet Xxxiii
24. Sonnet Xli
25. Sonnet Lxxxi
26. Sonnet Lxxi
27. Sonnet Xcix
28. Sonnets Iv
29. Sonnet Xc
30. Where The Bee Sucks (from The Tempest)
31. From The Rape Of Lucrece
32. Sonnet Xiii
33. Sonnet Xi
34. Sonnet Xxxvi
35. Sonnet Lxxxvi
36. Sonnet Xxxvii
37. Sonnets Iii
38. Sonnet Xiv
39. Sonnet Lxxiii
40. Sonnet Lxxxv

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