Date of baptism: April 23, 1564
Date of death: April 23, 1616
William Shakespeare was a young a respected poet. He is often called England's National Poet or the Bard or Avon. At the age of 18 he married Anne Hathaway and had three children. Most people agree that Shakespeare was educated at the Kings New School in Stratford. One of his twin sons had died of unknown causes at age 11.
Most of Shakespeare's work was produced between 1589 and 1613. At first he wrote mainly histories and comedies, genres that were raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry by the end of the 16th century. He then wrote many tragedies such as, Hamlet, King Lear, Orthello, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest works of English language. In his last stage, he wrote tragicomedies or romances. His plays still remain popular today and are always being studied, performed, and interpreted throughout the world.