William Shakespeare, English playwright. Oil painting (1847) by Louis Coblitz. (National Museum of t [...]
William Shakespeare, English playwright. Oil painting (1847) by Louis Coblitz. (National Museum of the Palace of Versailles.)
William Shakespeare is the most played, read and commented playwright in the world. Combining the sublime and the grotesque, that which in English is nicknamed "the Bard" is astonishing by the richness and the penetrating charm of the style, by the mastery of the dramatic construction as well as by the profusion of characters.
William Shakespeare, baptized on April 26, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon and died on April 23, 1616 (May 3, 1616 in the Gregorian calendar) in the same city, is considered one of the greatest poets, playwrights and writers of the English culture. He is renowned for his mastery of poetic and literary forms, as well as his ability to represent aspects of human nature.
A prominent figure in Western culture, Shakespeare continues to influence artists today. It is translated into a large number of languages and, according to the Index Translationum, with a total of 4,281 translations, it ranks third among the most translated authors after Agatha Christie and Jules Verne. His plays are regularly performed all over the world. Shakespeare is one of the rare playwrights to have performed both comedy and tragedy.
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