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William Shakespeare by Guillermo Barrachina

Who was William Shakespeare?

William Shakespeare is one of the world's greatest writers. He wrote playsfor the theatre. He wrote poetry too.

Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, in England. Later he went to London, to be an actor. But he became famous for writing plays. His friends said he was the best writer of his time. Most people now say he was the best of all time.

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Why is William Shakespeare so famous?

Shakespeare lived more than 400 years ago. Yet people still go to see his plays.

Shakespeare plays are performed all over the world. Students study Shakespeare in school and at university. People write books about Shakespeare. There are Shakespeare theatres and Shakespeare festivals.

When did Sheakespeare live?

William Shakespeare was born in 1564. He grew up in Tudor England in the time of Queen Elizabeth I.He lived in exciting times. Francis Drake sailed around the world (1577-1580). Shakespeare was probably in London when the Spanish Armada sailed to attack England in 1588. He saw the coronation of King James I in 1603. 1605 was the year of the Gunpowder Plot and Guy Fawkes. Shakespeare died in 1616.

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Famous sentences by William Shakespeare

"To be,or not to be:that is the question"
"This above all to thine our self the true"
But,for my own part it was Greek to me"

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