Shakespeare was born sometime in 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon. Not much is known about Shakespeare’s younger years. The next record of Shakespeare appeared when he married Anne Hathaway in 1582. After his marriage there were 7 years during which there were no records of William Shakespeare.
Shakespeare became known in London for acting and playwriting in 1592. He continued to garner fame for his work and in 1599, he and his business partners built the Globe Theatre. He “retired” from the theatre in 1610 and returned to Stratford-upon-Avon. He died on April 23, 1616.
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Shakespeare is most famous for his plays. The current academic consensus is that Shakespeare wrote 37 plays but the number is constantly being reviewed. He dabbled in different genres, which was often frowned upon in Elizabethan drama. His plays are categorized into three categories – histories, tragedies, and comedies.
Shakespeare is also known for his sonnets. In 1592 an outbreak of the Bubonic Plague closed the theatres for 2 years. It was during this time period that he first began writing sonnets. He used the sonnets as a creative outlet while he could not produce any theatre.
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Additions to the English Language
Shakespeare created and used many words and phrases in his plays that are still used today.
Below find lists of Shakespeare’s words and phrases that he added to the dictionary.