William Shakespeare

England's National Poet

Birthplace

Wililiam Shakesphere was born in the Kingdom of England.


No one knows when he was born, only when he was baptized. He was baptized on April 26, 1564 and he died on April 23, 1616 at age 52.

Best Known Works

Shakesphere's best known works that are some of the most influential contributions to English literature are:


Macbeth (full title "The Tragedy of Macbeth")-1599 or 1606


The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice- 1603


Romeo and Juliet- 1592 or 1595

Here are some pictures of the plays

Miscellaneous Facts

He wrote 38 plays, 154 sonnets and two long narrative poems.


He performed all of his plays in the Globe Theater.


Shakesphere himself did not know how to spell his last name.


He married a woman named Anne Hathaway and they had three children.

Influence

As a poet, playwright and actor, his plays remain highly popular today and are constantly studied, performed, and reinterpreted in diverse cultural and political contexts throughout the world.