William Shakespeare

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What was Shakespeare Occupation?

William Shakespeare was an English poet , playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the worlds pre-eminent dramatist.

What was his city, country of birth?

Shakespeare was born April 26, 1564 and died April 23, 1616 in Stratford, UK where he was born.

3 Facts about his work

Little is known about Shakespeare’s activities between 1585 and 1592. Robert Greene’s A Groatsworth of Wit alludes to him as an actor and playwright. Shakespeare may have taught at school during this period, but it seems more probable that shortly after 1585 he went to London to begin his apprenticeship as an actor. Due to the plague, the London theaters were often closed between June 1592 and April 1594. During that period, Shakespeare probably had some income from his patron, Henry Wriothesley, earl of Southampton, to whom he dedicated his first two poems,Venus and Adonis (1593) and The Rape of Lucrece (1594). The former was a long narrative poem depicting the rejection of Venus by Adonis, his death, and the consequent disappearance of beauty from the world. Despite conservative objections to the poem’s glorification of sensuality, it was immensely popular and was reprinted six times during the nine years following its publication