Shakespeare's first play was most likely Henry VI Part I, which was first performed between 1590 and 1591 and printed in 1594. Because no recorded dates exist for first performances of any of Shakespeare's plays, scholar... More »

William Shakespeare wrote two narrative poems, 38 plays and 154 sonnets during his lifetime and is often considered the greatest English-language dramatist, poet and writer. He was also an actor in both his own plays and... More »

William Shakespeare wrote a total of 38 plays over the course of his lifetime, which can be divided into the genres of tragedy, history and comedy. Nearly half of Shakespeare's plays were unpublished until around 1623, w... More »

Within two years of writing his first play, "Henry VI, Part One," which put him on London's theatrical map, Williams Shakespeare was so famous that established playwright Robert Greene referred to him as an "upstart crow... More »

There are three main categories that William Shakespeare's work can be divided into: sonnets, plays and poems. There are four sub-categories that the plays can be divided into: comedies, tragedies, romances and historica... More »

Many speculations exist to explain why William Shakespeare left his home town with his wife and children and moved to London. One bit of speculation claims he was accused of poaching and moved to escape prosecution. More »

As of 2015, an online summary of the play "As You Like It" by William Shakespeare can be found at the CliffsNotes website. The site is free to use and does not require registration. More » Art & Literature Literature Plays