Author Guide: William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare is an enigmatic yet important literary figure in history. Born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, this Englishman would go on to be regarded as a literary treasure, and hailed by fellow author, Ben Jonson, as “not of an age, but for all time.” Little remains of his private life, which has made him a curiosity for those intrigued by his amazing public life as an actor, writer, and owner of The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, a theater company in London.

Shakespeare’s plays are known for their drama, tragedy, and comedy, as well as the beautiful prose and wordplay singular to the Bard. His work has been performed and adapted repeatedly, and his work continues to be a huge part of learning English literature in primary schools. Some of his most famous works include Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth.

For a complete listing of Shakespeare’s works, recommended reimaginings, and movies based on his plays, view the Shakespeare Author Guide Pathfinder.»