William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare was a very famous English playwright and poet during the Elizabethan era.

Early Life

Not much is known of Shakespeare’s early life. His birth date is also unknown but he was baptized on April 26, 1564, and grew up in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon . He married young at the age eighteen to a woman named Anne Hathaway, they had three children.


Evidence shows that Shakespeare may have started his career in theater, in 1592 as an actor and playwright. More evidence shows that in the early 1590s he was a managing partner in The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, which was an acting company. Records show that this acting company became very popular.  Shakespeare published thirty seven plays in total, and fifteen of these plays by 1597. He began his own theater known as the Globe in 1599.

His Works

Shakespeare’s plays were mostly written in these genres, comedies, histories, romance, tragedies, and tragicomedies.

Examples of his plays.

 His comedic plays are The Taming of the Shrew, A Midnight’s Summer Dream, and etc; his historic plays are Richard the 2nd, Henry the 6th and etc; his romantic plays are the Twelfth Night, The Tempest, and etc; and his tragic and tragicomedies plays, Macbeth, Cymblein, etc.


Tradition says that he died on April 23, 1616, but this may not be true.


This is my essay on the life and works of William Shakespeare.

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