William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England.
Around 1591 he moved to London and became an actor. He joined the Lord
Chamberlain's company of players, later 'the King's Men'.
When the company built the Globe Theatre in 1597, he became a partner, living at a house in Silver Street until c.1606, then moving near the Globe. He returned to Stratford c.1610, living as a country gentle-man at his house, New Place.
Shakespeare is generally acknowl-edged to be one of the most extraordinary writers in history.
His 37 plays and 154 sonnets ex-plore the complexity of the human soul with unparalleled insight.
No other writer's plays have been produced so many times in so many countries. His creative power is one of the great feature of his genius, and to many people Hamlet, or King Lear seem far more real than historical characters like Caesar.
Authorship is still a controversial subject for certain plays, and the modern era of Shakespeare scholarship has been marked by an enormous amount of investigation into the authorship, text, and chronology of the plays, including detailed studies of the age in which he lived, and of the Elizabethan stage.
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