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William Shakespeare

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in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, The United Kingdom
January 14, 1564

died
April 23, 1616

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William Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "The Bard"). His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language, and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon. Scholars believe that he died on his fifty-second birthday, coinciding with St George’s Day. It is an interesting idea that English writer is so closely identified with the Patron Saint o...more


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“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”
William Shakespeare, As You Like It

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”
William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”
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