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Biography of William Shakespear

His Life and Literary Works

Kyungjik Lee

on 21 February 2011

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The Biography of William Shakespeare His Life and Literary Works William Shakespeare Plays and Poetry

The Sonnets 1609
The History of Troilus and Cressida c. 1602
A Lover's Complaint
The Phoenix and the Turtle
The Passionate Pilgrim
Pericles Prince of Tyre c. 1608
The Rape of Lucrece 1594
Venus and Adonis 1593


Some are reworkings of previous stories, many based on English or Roman history. The dates given here are when they are said to have been first performed, followed by approximate printing dates in brackets, listed in chronological order of performance.

Titus Andronicus first performed in 1594 (printed in 1594),
Romeo and Juliet 1594-95 (1597),
Hamlet 1600-01 (1603),
Julius Caesar 1600-01 (1623),
Othello 1604-05 (1622),
Antony and Cleopatra 1606-07 (1623),
King Lear 1606 (1608),
Coriolanus 1607-08 (1623), derived from Plutarch
Timon of Athens 1607-08 (1623), and
Macbeth 1611-1612 (1623).

Shakespeare's series of historical dramas, based on the English Kings from John to Henry VIII were a tremendous undertaking to dramatise the lives and rule of kings and the changing political events of his time. No other playwright had attempted such an ambitious body of work. Some were printed on their own or in the First Folio (1623).

King Henry VI Part 1 1592 (printed in 1594);
King Henry VI Part 2 1592-93 (1594);
King Henry VI Part 3 1592-93 (1623);
King John 1596-97 (1623);
King Henry IV Part 1 1597-98 (1598);
King Henry IV Part 2 1597-98 (1600);
King Henry V 1598-99 (1600);
Richard II 1600-01 (1597);
Richard III 1601 (1597); and
King Henry VIII 1612-13 (1623
Comedies, again listed in chronological order of performance.

Taming of the Shrew first performed 1593-94 (1623),
Comedy of Errors 1594 (1623),
Two Gentlemen of Verona 1594-95 (1623),
Love's Labour's Lost 1594-95 (1598),
Midsummer Night's Dream 1595-96 (1600),
Merchant of Venice 1596-1597 (1600),
Much Ado About Nothing 1598-1599 (1600),
As You Like It 1599-00 (1623),
Merry Wives of Windsor 1600-01 (1602),
Troilus and Cressida 1602 (1609),
Twelfth Night 1602 (1623),
All's Well That Ends Well 1602-03 (1623),
Measure for Measure 1604 (1623),
Pericles, Prince of Tyre 1608-09 (1609),
Tempest (1611),
Cymbeline 1611-12 (1623),
Winter's Tale 1611-12 (1623).

William Shakespeare's Life and Literary Works He was the third child of seven siblings, four sisters and three brothers
most of his sisters were victims of the black plague, just one survived
This was the time when they took a bath once a year, the
Children were last to bathe in black water The Life
He was born on April 23,1564 in Strafford- Upon- Avon, England
He was raised in Strafford- Upon-Avon. William attended school at the age of seven
School lasted all day with no gym class or sports
He was pulled out of school at the age of 14 At eighteen he got married out of wed lock to his girlfriend Anne, and they had three children
Their first born child was Susanna and then they had twins Hammet and Judith. Hammet died at the age of eleven due to black death William wrote three types of plays: tragedies, comedies, histories and later romance.
His plays were performed in the Glove theater and the Blackfriars theatre
His plays were performed by the king's men and the Lord Chamberlain's men
He wrote sonnets, taught for the Houghton family, and was the theater owner. William Shakespeare died on April 23, on1616 at the age of 52
He died in Warwickshire, England. He gave us Hamlet
He shaped the English Language
He wrote sonnet 18: Shall I compare thee to a summer's day
He wrote a great dialogue
He gave us Romeo and Juliet
Shakespeare is the most filmed writer ever with 420 feature length film versions
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