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William Shakespeare

Birthdate: 1564
Date of death: 23. April 1616

William Shakespeare 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.

Shakespeare was born and brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he had three children: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith. Sometime 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, at age 49, where he died three years later. Few records of Shakespeare's private life survive, which has stimulated considerable speculation about such matters as his physical appearance, sexuality, religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by others.

Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1589 and 1613. His early plays were primarily comedies and histories, which are regarded as some of the best work ever produced in these genres. He then wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, including Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest works in the English language. In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies, also known as romances, and collaborated with other playwrights.

Many of his plays were published in editions of varying quality and accuracy during his lifetime. In 1623, however, John Heminges and Henry Condell, two friends and fellow actors of Shakespeare, published a more definitive text known as the First Folio, a posthumous collected edition of his dramatic works that included all but two of the plays now recognised as Shakespeare's. It was prefaced with a poem by Ben Jonson, in which Shakespeare is hailed, presciently, as "not of an age, but for all time".

In the 20th and 21st centuries, his works have been repeatedly adapted and rediscovered by new movements in scholarship and performance. His plays remain highly popular and are constantly studied, performed, and reinterpreted in diverse cultural and political contexts throughout the world.

Works

Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet
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Hamlet
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Macbeth
Macbeth
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Much Ado About Nothing
Much Ado About Nothing
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A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Midsummer Night's Dream
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Othello
Othello
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Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar
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King Lear
King Lear
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The Tempest
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As You Like It
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Twelfth Night
Twelfth Night
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The Merchant of Venice
The Merchant of Venice
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Henry V
Henry V
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Richard III
Richard III
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Shakespeare's Sonnets
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Antony and Cleopatra
Antony and Cleopatra
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Henry VI (play) Part 1-3
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Henry IV, Part 2
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Measure for Measure
Measure for Measure
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The Winter's Tale
The Winter's Tale
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All's Well That Ends Well
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The Two Gentlemen of Verona
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
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The Taming of the Shrew
The Taming of the Shrew
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Richard II
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Coriolanus
Coriolanus
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The Rape of Lucrece
The Rape of Lucrece
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Timon of Athens
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Henry VIII
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The Passionate Pilgrim
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The Comedy of Errors
The Comedy of Errors
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Cymbeline
Cymbeline
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King John
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Love's Labour's Lost
Love's Labour's Lost
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Titus Andronicus
Titus Andronicus
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Henry VI, Part 1
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Troilus and Cressida
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The Merry Wives of Windsor
The Merry Wives of Windsor
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Henry IV
Henry IV
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„What's done cannot be undone.“

—  William Shakespeare, Macbeth

Variant: What's done, is done
Source: Macbeth

„But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.“

—  William Shakespeare, book Romeo and Juliet

Romeo, Act II, scene ii.
Variant: What light through yonder window breaks?
Source: Romeo and Juliet (1595)

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„Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast.“

—  William Shakespeare, book Romeo and Juliet

Variant: Go wisely and slowly. Those who rush stumble and fall.
Source: Romeo and Juliet

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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