William Shakespeare was an English playwright, poet, and actor who lived during the late 16th and early 17th centuries. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest writers in the English language and is known for his works such as Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, and Othello.
Born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564, Shakespeare began his career in London as an actor and writer for the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, a popular theater company at the time. He quickly gained fame for his plays, which combined elements of tragedy, comedy, and history. Shakespeare’s plays were popular with both the common people and the royal court, and he became a wealthy and respected figure in his lifetime. He wrote over 38 plays and over 150 sonnets, which are still studied and performed today.
Shakespeare died in 1616, leaving behind a legacy of works that have influenced literature and culture for over 400 years.