We were inspired to look more closely at some of the key figures that appear in our Little History books by an interaction with a reader on the Little History facebook page. We really liked the idea of finding out what the series has to say about all sorts of ‘remarkable people’, both heroes and villains, and we’re putting together this resource for you to explore. Whether you’re looking for help with your homework (!), or trying to fill a gap in your knowledge, Little History books and their cast of characters have plenty to offer.
English poet and playwright known as the 'Bard of Avon'
1564 – 1616
William Shakespeare is one of the world’s most well known playwrights and considered by many to be the greatest writer in the English language. He is known for his collections of poetry as well as for his plays, of which there are thirty-eight credited to his name. Shakespeare was and still is praised for his ability to write comedies, tragedies, histories and romances, all of which were written about and for people from all societal ranks, from the common peasant to the king or queen. Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, on 23 April 1564. He also died in Stratford-upon-Avon on 23 April 1616. His birth and death date are recognised by the World Book Night committee who have chosen 23 of April to hold World Book Night in the UK, Ireland, the US and Germany.
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