William Shakespeare

English poet and playwright William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare 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". His extant works, including some collaborations, consist of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, two epitaphs on a man named John Combe, one epitaph on Elias James, and several other poems.
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Warwickshire
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Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare taught me speechmaking! - Moment Nigerian Newspapers
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CHRIS Doghudge, former Chairman, Advertising Practitioners' Council of Nigeria (APCON) and graduate lecturer in Media and Communications Studies at the Pan African University, Lagos, shares his experience of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, a book he first
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Understanding Shakespeare in William - Philippine Star
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MANILA, Philippines - There is no kid in high school who doesn't know of William Shakespeare. But there is also no kid who completely knows and understands him. He is simply this bloke who lived in olden times, spoke a weird kind of English,
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Comic Henry returns to Shakespeare - The Press Association
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Lenny Henry will make his first appearance at the National Theatre in London later this year in William Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors. The star, who was acclaimed for his 2009 performance as Othello, will play Antipholus of Syracuse at the central
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William Shakespeare Responds to the CBC Declaration of War Against The Tea Party - Big Government
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I've channeled the Bard himself, William Shakespeare to answer the CBC's reprehensible, divisive rhetoric. This morning I went to a medium-rare and spoke to the spirit of the Bard of Avon, below is what he told me to write: it will feed my resolve
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Nonfiction Chronicle
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POX An American History By Michael Willrich Penguin Press, $27.95. “Elephant itch,” “bean pox,” “the speckled monster”: smallpox , one of the deadliest diseases in history, went by many names before it was eradicated in the late 20th century in an extraordinary feat of medicine. If the dreaded virus didn’t
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THEATER REVIEW | 'HENRY V'; A Kingdom for a Stage, Princes to Act ...and Maybe a Better Hall?
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At the beginning of the Classical Theater of Harlem's ''Henry V'' actors who have been milling around and chatting with audience members slowly start to leave the casual and the quotidian behind. Someone beats out time with sticks. A chant begins, an eerie invocation: ''O, for a muse of fire'' -- the first words of this Shakespeare play. But then
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Stand Clear of the Screaming Shakespeareans, Please
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It takes a lot to rattle New York straphangers. They have seen and heard (and smelled) it all. And they mostly ignore it. But on a recent Sunday afternoon a woman stopped abruptly just outside the doors of a downtown train on the N and R line, frozen by the sight of two men rolling wildly along the car's floor, their hands grappling for purchase as
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OUT HERE | OTHELLO, WASH.; All the Town's a Stage Where the Bard's Works Inspire Street Names
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OTHELLO, Wash. -- Zounds! Who goes there? Why, it is Othello, the Moor of Venice. Unlikely as it seems, this is his town -- his name is plastered all over this small agricultural community about three hours southeast of Seattle. ''Welcome to Othello'' is emblazoned on the giant water tank that greets visitors driving in off the highway. And there
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THEATER REVIEW | 'JULIUS CAESAR'; Cry Havoc! The Blood Sport Called Politics
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With the country mired in political stalemate and economic peril looming, imperialism suddenly doesn't sound so bad, does it? Well, not so fast. A visit to the Royal Shakespeare Company's blood-saturated production of ''Julius Caesar'' offers a harsh corrective to the idea that an alternative form of government would present a more appealing
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Tonight is last chance to see dynamite Shakespeare in Park show - Examiner.com
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William Land Park Stage is a venue that the great William Shakespeare himself would certainly approve of. It is also a safe bet that he would find Shakespeare in the Park's presentation of As You Like It highly entertaining. Tonight is your last chance
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Double, double, toil and big trouble. - Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
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William Shakespeare penned his tragedy “Macbeth” sometime between 1603 and 1607, and this work of classic English literature is showing its age. This screenshot shows the three witches from Dan Gallagher's CGI staging of Shakespeare's 'Macbeth
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    FIFTIES
  • 1616
    Age 51
    Shakespeare signed his last will and testament on 25 March 1616; the following day his new son-in-law, Thomas Quiney was found guilty of fathering an illegitimate son by Margaret Wheeler, who had died during childbirth.
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    Shakespeare died on 23 April 1616, at the age of 52.
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    The 1616 edition of Ben Jonson's Works names him on the cast lists for Every Man in His Humour (1598) and Sejanus His Fall (1603).
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    This date, which can be traced back to an 18th-century scholar's mistake, has proved appealing to biographers, because Shakespeare died on 23 April 1616.
  • FORTIES
  • 1613
    Age 48
    In 1613, Sir Henry Wotton recorded that Henry VIII "was set forth with many extraordinary circumstances of pomp and ceremony".
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    In March 1613 he bought a gatehouse in the former Blackfriars priory; and from November 1614 he was in London for several weeks with his son-in-law, John Hall.
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  • 1612
    Age 47
    In 1612, he was called as a witness in Bellott v. Mountjoy, a court case concerning the marriage settlement of Mountjoy's daughter, Mary.
  • 1611
    Age 46
    Shakespeare continued to visit London during the years 1611–1614.
  • 1608
    Age 43
    Rowe was the first biographer to record the tradition, repeated by Johnson, that Shakespeare retired to Stratford "some years before his death". He was still working as an actor in London in 1608; in an answer to the sharers' petition in 1635 Cuthbert Burbage stated that after purchasing the lease of the Blackfriars Theatre in 1608 from Henry Evans, the King's Men "placed men players" there, "which were Heminges, Condell, Shakespeare, etc."
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  • 1607
    Age 42
    He was survived by his wife and two daughters. Susanna had married a physician, John Hall, in 1607, and Judith had married Thomas Quiney, a vintner, two months before Shakespeare's death.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1604
    Age 39
    By 1604, he had moved north of the river again, to an area north of St Paul's Cathedral with many fine houses.
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  • 1603
    Age 38
    After the Lord Chamberlain's Men were renamed the King's Men in 1603, they entered a special relationship with the new King James.
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  • 1599
    Age 34
    He moved across the river to Southwark by 1599, the same year his company constructed the Globe Theatre there.
  • 1596
    Age 31
    Throughout his career, Shakespeare divided his time between London and Stratford. In 1596, the year before he bought New Place as his family home in Stratford, Shakespeare was living in the parish of St. Helen's, Bishopsgate, north of the River Thames.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1594
    Age 29
    Some of Shakespeare's plays were published in quarto editions, beginning in 1594, and by 1598, his name had become a selling point and began to appear on the title pages.
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    After 1594, Shakespeare's plays were performed only by the Lord Chamberlain's Men, a company owned by a group of players, including Shakespeare, that soon became the leading playing company in London.
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  • 1592
    Age 27
    It is not known definitively when Shakespeare began writing, but contemporary allusions and records of performances show that several of his plays were on the London stage by 1592.
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    After the birth of the twins, Shakespeare left few historical traces until he is mentioned as part of the London theatre scene in 1592.
  • 1589
    Age 24
    Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1589 and 1613.
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  • 1588
    Age 23
    The exception is the appearance of his name in the "complaints bill" of a law case before the Queen's Bench court at Westminster dated Michaelmas Term 1588 and 9 October 1589.
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  • 1585
    Age 20
    Sometime between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part-owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1582
    Age 17
    The consistory court of the Diocese of Worcester issued a marriage licence on 27 November 1582. The next day, two of Hathaway's neighbours posted bonds guaranteeing that no lawful claims impeded the marriage. The ceremony may have been arranged in some haste, since the Worcester chancellor allowed the marriage banns to be read once instead of the usual three times, and six months after the marriage Anne gave birth to a daughter, Susanna, baptised 26 May 1583.
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  • 1579
    Age 14
    This period begins and ends with two tragedies: Romeo and Juliet, the famous romantic tragedy of sexually charged adolescence, love, and death; and Julius Caesar—based on Sir Thomas North's 1579 translation of Plutarch's Parallel Lives—which introduced a new kind of drama.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1564
    Born
    Born in 1564.
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