William Shakespeare's work has shaped English literature, language and thought for over 400 years. Scholar Alan Craven names him the "greatest dramatist, the greatest poet and the greatest prose writer" in the English la... More »

Shortly before his death on April 25, 1616, famed English poet and playwright William Shakespeare constructed his last will and testament, which stated that upon his death, his wife Anne would receive his second best bed... More »

Shakespeare's style of writing was principally "blank verse," a form of unrhymed iambic pentameter. Like much Elizabethan literature, his plays were typically replete with figurative language and rhetoric. More »

William Shakespeare had three children with his wife, Anne Hathaway, and they included two daughters and one son. His two daughters were named Susanna and Judith, and his son was named Hamnet. Only Susanna and Judith liv... More »

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William Shakespeare took his inspiration from many areas, including the Bible, nature, other writers and historians. Two of Shakespeare's favorite writers were Geoffrey Chaucer and Plutarch; their works would influence m... More »

Although there is some controversy about whether William Shakespeare actually authored all of the plays attributed to him, there is no evidence to support the belief that he used someone else's work. There are a number o... More »

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Although William Shakespeare is one of the most revered authors of all time, his biography is full of mystery and curiosity. His actual birth date is unknown, the correct spelling of his name is also uncertain and his pa... More »