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William Shakespeare (1564-1616)


Shakespeare is the most famous English language playwright and the world's greatest dramatist. He is credited with having written more than 37 blank verse plays including comedies, histories, tragedies and romances. He wrote to appeal to the broadest range of London society, people who came from all backgrounds to the theatre for relaxation and to escape.

Born in Statford-upon-Avon, Warwickwhire, Shakespeare was the eldest son of a wool dealer. His childhood was spent entirely in Stratford. He married Anne Hathaway, 26, pregnant with his child and a farmer's daughter from nearby Shottery, at the tender age of 18.

Shakespeare left Stratford for London and a career as an actor, a stockholder in an acting company and one of a group of investors who built the famous Globe Theatre in London in 1599 where his plays were performed.

At the end of his life, Shakespeare returned to Stratford where he had been investing in land and titles. By 1611, he was no longer involved with the London theatre, yet he wrote Henry VIII in 1613. He died on April 23, 1616, from what we do not know. He is buried in Holy Trinity Church. In 1623 his the First Folio of his collected works was published by his colleagues John Hemminge and Henry Condell.

 Shakespeare's Plays Listed Chronologically & by Type
 Title Date Type of Play
"The Two Gentlemen of Verona" 1590-91 Comedy
"Henry VI Part One" 1592 History
"Henry VI Part Two" 1592 History
"Henry VI Part Three" 1592 History
"Titus Andronicus" 1592 Tragedy
"Richard III" 1592 Tragedy
"The Taming of the Shrew" 1593 Comedy
"The Comedy of Errors" 1594 Comedy
"Love's Labour Lost" 1594-95 Comedy
"Richard II" 1595 History
"Romeo and Juliet" 1595 Tragedy
"A Midsummer Night's Dream" 1595 Comedy
"King John" 1596 History
"The Merchant of Venice" 1596-97 Comedy
"Henry IV Part One" 1596-97 History
"The Merry Wives of Windsor" 1597-98 Comedy
"Henry IV Part Two" 1597-98 History
"Much Ado About Nothing" 1598 Comedy
"Henry V" 1598-99 History
"Julius Caesar" 1599 Roman
"As You Like It" 1599-1600 Comedy
"Hamlet, Prince of Denmark" 1600-01 Tragedy
"Twelfth Night" 1601 Comedy
"Troilus and Cressida" 1602 Tragedy
"Measure for Measure" 1603 Dark Comedy
"Othello" 1603-04 Tragedy
"All's Well That Ends Well" 1604-05 Dark Comedy
"Timon of Athens" 1605 Romantic Drama
"King Lear" 1605-06 Tragedy
"Macbeth" 1606 Tragedy
"Antony and Cleopatra" 1606 Tragedy
"Pericles" 1607 Romance
"Coriolanus" 1608 Roman
"The WInter's Tale" 1609 Romance
"Cymbeline" 1610 Romance
"The Tempest" 1611 Romance
"Henry VIII" 1613 History


 Shakespeare's Works Online
Shakespeare Resource Center Great place to start
The Folger Shakespeare Library
IBM: Digital University (Shakespeare)
The Life and Times of William Shakespeare From Stratford.com
Shakespeare for the Rest of Us
Shakespeare on the Internet: Sites of Interest (Michael Best)
Shakespeare Resources on the World Wide Web Donna K. Fitch: Samford University
Shakespeare's Country Shakespeare's Stratford on the Web
Mr. Shakespeare and the Internet Annotated works, timelines, quotes, directories.. you name it...a great place to find what you're looking for concerning the bard.
Shakespeare's Complete Works - The Internet Public Library
Complete works of William Shakespeare- Another site, just in case.
Shakespeare Oxford Society - Oldest society in Shakespeare authorship debate.
Shakespeare Web- Interactive hypermedia environment.
Shakespeare Illustrated
Shakespeare's Sonnets - An award winning Shakespeare poetry site by William A. Luddy includes "Venus and Adonis", "The Ape of Lucrece", "The Passionate Pilgrim", "The Phoenix and the Turtle", "A Lover's Complaint" and the Sonnets, 154 poems of 14 lines composed over an unknown period probably between the years 1592 and 1598.


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