William Shakespeare’s Life

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Shakespeare: Resources on the Man and His Work

“He was not for an age but for all time,” Ben Jonson declared in the dedication to the 1623 First Folio of the plays of William Shakespeare. His poetry and plays are still published, produced, discussed, translated and analyzed in the 21st century, but Shakespeare himself remains the subject of speculation and mystery. Use this Web Guide to Shakespeare to examine the man and the controversies, as well as his work and its central place in English-speaking culture today.

William Shakespeare’s Life

Considering the scope of his fame, little is known about William Shakespeare's life. Although the world, particularly the English-speaking world, is well-acquainted with Shakespeare's works, we can only guess about his personal comedies and tragedies. Fortunately, the Internet is filled with the fruits of such guesswork, as well as a good amount of diligent historical research. Use this section of the guide to get better acquainted with the man known as William Shakespeare.

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  • The surprising shortage of information on William Shakespeare’s life hasn’t stopped countless authors from having another go at his biography. Even his wife, about whom there exists even less information, warrants her own 416-page biography, aptly named “Shakespeare’s Wife.”
  • To learn where to find more books on Shakespeare and by Shakespeare, see the findingDulcinea Books Web Guide. The guide shows you where to find book clubs, book news and reviews, and literary events of all kinds.

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Shakespeare’s Works

Shakespeare has more books written about him than any other writer, he’s the most produced ... read more »

Shakespeare’s Authorship

Not only do Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets exhibit broad knowledge of the works of classical ... read more »

The Age of Shakespeare

Shakespeare lived and worked between 1564 and 1616, placing him squarely in the long and important ... read more »

Shakespeare’s Plays

Like learning a second language, learning to love Shakespeare's plays can ... read more »

Shakespeare and the English Language

Shakespeare is called the greatest author in the English language not only because his works are in ... read more »

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