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 »

Shakespeare is still relevant today because he is considered to be the greatest ever dramatist, prose writer and poet by many due to his rich language, complex characters and essential themes. The themes of treachery, ho... More »

Shakespeare's enduring popularity can be attributed to the breadth of genres he covered, the integration of his work into academia and the complexity and universality of his stories. Other popular writers cover comedies,... 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 »