SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM (1564–1616), English playwright, poet, and actor. Shakespeare is universally recognized as the foremost writer in the English language to date. The thirty-seven plays associated with his name, including the major tragedies Hamlet, King Lear, Othello, and Macbeth, and his romances and comedies, Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night's Dream among them, have been translated into many languages and have crossed all kinds of cultural divide. His poetry, in particular his intricately woven and fiercely passionate love sonnets, have stirred the senses of reader and critic alike for generations past and will do so for generations to come.
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"William Shakespeare." Gale Biography in Context, Gale, 2010. Biography In Context, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/PC4295805844/BIC?u=lincclin_sjrcc&sid=BIC&xid=3ae71695. Accessed 10 May 2018.
Collections (the First Folio and major modern editions)
Verse (early editions)
"William Shakespeare." International Dictionary of Theatre, vol. 2, Gale, 1993. Biography In Context, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/K1644000389/BIC?u=lincclin_sjrcc&sid=BIC&xid=517e19db. Accessed 10 May 2018.
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