William Shakespeare wrote many works, including many poems, 154 sonnets and 38 plays, including the less-familiar "Titus Andronicus," "King John," "Troilus and Cressida," "Timon of Athens" and "Cymbeline." Shakespeare's last play was "The Two Noble Kinsmen," which is estimated to have been first performed between 1612 and 1613.
The first plays Shakespeare wrote were "Henry VI Part I, II and III," each of which is an individual play. "Henry VI Part II" and "Henry VI Part III" were first performed between 1590 and 1591, while "Henry VI Part I" was not performed for an audience until a year after parts II and III were exhibited.
Shakespeare was born in 1564, and died in 1616; he wrote most of his works between 1589 and 1613. His most celebrated sonnets were first published in their entirety in 1608, but it is unknown when they were written. Many scholars believe that he wrote them privately throughout his career.
During his earlier years, Shakespeare worked as an actor before becoming a full-time playwright. His earliest plays were largely histories and comedies; he later wrote tragedies and finally romances. Many of his works are still considered to be among the best plays written in English.Learn More
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