William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon (Warwickshire) on 26 April 1564. He was a famous playwright, poet, actor and widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language. He was often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon."
Shakespeare's parents were John Shakespeare (a successful glove-maker) and Mary Arden. His wife was Anne Hathaway. Shakespeare married her at the age of eighteen and had three children. They were Susanna Hall, Hamnet Shakespeare, and Judith Quinney.
Shakespeare's early plays were mostly comedies and histories, and some of them were considered the best in their genres. He wrote 37 plays, 154 sonnets and two narrative poems. Most of his works were written between 1589 and 1613.
Some of his works are,
- Romeo and Juliet (1597)
- Hamlet (1603)
- Othello (1603)
- King Lear (1606)
- Macbeth (1606)
William Shakespeare passed away on 23 April 1616.