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April Literary Birthdays


WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
April, 1564 - April 23, 1616

England's greatest poet and playwright was born at Stratford-upon-Avon, the son of a tradesman and Alderman of Stratford, John Shakespeare. He wrote approximately 38 plays and 154 sonnets, as well as a variety of other poems. Already a popular writer in his own lifetime, Shakespeare became increasingly celebrated after his death and his work adulated by numerous prominent cultural figures through the centuries. Shakespeare's works have been translated into every major living language, and his plays are continually performed all around the world. In addition, Shakespeare is the most quoted writer in the literature and history of the English-speaking world.

Some of his works:
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Hamlet
King Lear
Macbeth
Othello
The Merchant of Venice
The Sonnets

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