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Born 23 April 1564 – William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist, was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, in 1564 (the exact date is unknown, but traditionally celebrated on April 23). While details of his early life are somewhat murky, his education likely instilled a deep appreciation for classical literature and language.

Shakespeare’s career blossomed in London during the vibrant Elizabethan and Jacobean eras. He began by working as an actor and playwright, eventually evolving into a prominent shareholder in the successful acting company, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men (later known as the King’s Men). His prolific output included comedies, tragedies, and histories, all marked by exceptional use of language, vivid characters, and profound insights into the human condition. Shakespeare’s plays explored many themes – love, loss, revenge, ambition, and power – and transcended their time to resonate with audiences for centuries to come. Sadly, his life and illustrious career ended in his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon on April 23, 1616, 52 years after his presumed birthday.

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