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William Shakespeare's Writings

A Midsummer Night's Dream


The Winter's Tale


Merchant of Venice

Romeo and Juliet

Measure for Measure

Venus and Adonis

Julius Caesar

The Tempest

The Sonnets and A Lover's Complaint

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William Shakespeare Bio

William Shakespeare (baptised April, 26 1564; died April 23 1616), the celebrated English poet and playwright, is 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 surviving works, including some collaborations, consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon, a market town and civil parish in south Warwickshire, England. At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he had three children: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith. Between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men. He appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613, where he died three years later. Few records of Shakespeare's private life survive, and there has been considerable speculation about such matters as his physical appearance, sexuality, religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by others.¹ read more

William Shakespeare Quotes

"This momentary joy breeds months of pain; This hot desire converts to cold disdain." ~ Lucrece (690-1)

"Like the lily, That once was mistress of the field and flourish'd, I'll hang my head and perish." ~ Henry VIII (3.1.168-70)

"Thou are not for the fashion of these times, Where none will sweat but for promotion." ~ As You Like It (2.3.61-2)

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