William Shakespeare, also known as the “Bard of Avon”, (baptized April 26, 1564, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England – died April 23, 1616, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England) was an English poet, playwright and actor, often called England’s national poet and widely considered to be the greatest dramatist of all time.
William Shakespeare produced most of his famous plays in the period between 1589 and 1613. He wrote tragedies, histories, comedies and tragicomedies, also known as romances. His overall work consists of at least 37 plays, 154 sonnets and two long narrative poems.
Some of the most noted plays are Hamlet, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, King John, The Winter’s Tale, and Othello. Shakespeare’s plays have been translated into many world languages and are now read and performed more often than ever before.
Although William Shakespeare’s works are well-known throughout the world, most details about his private life are still a mystery.