William Shakespeare (born April 1564, died April, 1616) is one of the greatest writers the English language has ever known. He has written most of his works between 1585 and 1613, although the chronology of his plays is not accurately known.
In 1582, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway who was eight years older than him. They had 3 children, 2 girls and a boy. Anne Hathaway died in 1623.
Very little is known of Shakespeare until 1592. In 1593 he published Venus and Adonis and a year later followed with The Rape of Lucrece.
In January 1593 Shakespeare started a new theatre company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men. During this period, Shakespeare wrote most of the plays for the group.
Shakespeare retired from the theater in 1610 to his Great House of New Place in Stratford, where he continued to write until his death.
William Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616.
During his 52 years Shakespeare wrote 37 plays, 154 sonnets and several poems and some of them are published here at our literature collection.