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William Shakespeare - Author

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William Shakespeare was born at Stratford upon Avon in April, 1564.  He was the third child, and eldest son, of John Shakespeare and Mary Arden.  Little is known of Shakespeare’s early life; but it is unlikely that a writer who dramatized such an incomparable range and variety of human kinds and experiences should have spent his early manhood entirely in placid pursuits in a country town.  There is one tradition, not universally accepted, that he fled from Stratford because he was in trouble for deer stealing, and had fallen foul of Sir Thomas Lucy, the local magnate; another that he was for some time a schoolmaster.


When Shakespeare died fourteen of his plays had been separately published in Quarto booklets.  In 1623 his surviving fellow actors, John Heming and Henry Condell, with the co-operation of a number of printers, published a collected edition of thirty-six plays in one Folio volume, with an engraved portrait, memorial verses by Ben Jonson and others, and an Epistle to the Reader in which Heming and Condell make the interesting note that Shakespeare’s ‘hand and mind went together, and what he thought, he uttered with that easiness that we have scarce received from him a blot in his papers.’

Featured books by William Shakespeare

Much ADO about Nothing

Much ADO about Nothing

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/04/2018

Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy by William Shakespeare. First published in 1600, it is likely to have been first performed in the autumn or winter of 1598-1599, and it remains one of Shakespeare's most enduring and exhilarating plays on stage. Stylistically, it shares numerous characteristics with modern romantic comedies including the two pairs of lovers, in this case the romantic leads, Claudio and Hero, and their comic counterparts, Benedick and Beatrice.

From Shakespeare - with Love

From Shakespeare - with Love

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Cd-audio Release Date: 01/04/2009

A selection of Shakespeare’s sonnets read by some of Britain’s best actors including David Tennant and Juliet Stevenson. Tennant recorded his  sonnets just after his recently acclaimed performance in Hamlet so the bard was very much on his mind!   Abridged audiobook edition. Read by David Tennant, Juliet Stevenson, Anton Lesser, Maxine Peake, Stella Gonet and others. 1 CD. 75 minutes.

Other books by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare in Autumn (Seasons Edition -- Fall)

Shakespeare in Autumn (Seasons Edition -- Fall)

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2021

A fine exclusive edition of one of literature's most beloved stories. Featuring a laser-cut jacket on a textured book with foil stamping, all titles in this series will be first editions. No more than 10,000 copies will be printed, and each will be individually numbered from 1 to 10,000. * Now with bonus bookmark That time of year thou mayst in me behold, When yellow leaves, or none, or few do hang Upon those boughs which shake against the cold, Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang. - Sonnet 73 William Shakespeare has been lauded as one of the greatest and most influential writers of the English language in history. His poems and plays have been recited and studied for generations, and remain iconic works of literature. The Shakespeare Collection includes a selection of Shakespeare's finest works, including: A Midsummer Night's Dream Twelfth Night As You Like It The Taming of the Shrew Romeo and Juliet The Sonnets The Shakespeare Collection by William Shakespeare (Seasons Edition - Fall) is one of four titles available in August 2021. The Fall season set also will include Sense and Sensibility, Dracula, and Anne of Green Gables.

As you Like It

As you Like It

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/06/2021

As you Like It by William Shakespeare

The Collected Sonnets of William Shakespeare, Zombie

The Collected Sonnets of William Shakespeare, Zombie

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/06/2021

What if one of literature's most famous writers was actually a zombie? What if the early modern world teemed with zombies hidden in plain sight? Zombie fans, Shakespeareans, and lovers of language will find themselves savoring all 154 sonnets revived to their horrifyingly gory glory. Written in approachable, current language, the zombie sonnets make Shakespeare's themes of love, death, beauty, and fleeting time come alive. With only minor alterations, Shakespeare's infected poems bare the bard's brain, even as the brains of his numerous victims live on through his writing. Perhaps Shakespeare's grave doesn't hold his whitewashed bones after all. Perhaps instead it quarantines his moldering corpse from the public. Nevertheless, we need to hear Shakespeare's voice more than ever as we increasingly imagine the end of the world. The collection invites readers to see beauty in apocalypse. Each sonnet portrays a zombie encounter; accompanying vignettes expose the struggles of becoming zombie or staying human in early modern England. Original illustrations by Anna Pagnucci bring terrifying shape to the nightmare. Shakespeare will never be the same.

Romeo & Juliette Minobook -- Gilt Edged Edition

Romeo & Juliette Minobook -- Gilt Edged Edition

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Leather / fine binding Release Date: 11/06/2021

Romeo & Juliette Minobook -- Gilt Edged Edition by William Shakespeare

Antony and Cleopatra

Antony and Cleopatra

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/05/2021

Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare

Macbeth

Macbeth

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/05/2021

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Richard III

Richard III

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/05/2021

Richard III by William Shakespeare

Collection Of William Shakespeare

Collection Of William Shakespeare

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/05/2021

Collection Of William Shakespeare by William Shakespeare

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/05/2021

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

Pericles Prince of Tyre

Pericles Prince of Tyre

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/05/2021

Pericles Prince of Tyre by William Shakespeare

The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/05/2021

The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

The Pericles, Prince of Tyre

The Pericles, Prince of Tyre

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/05/2021

The Pericles, Prince of Tyre by William Shakespeare

Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/05/2021

Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare

Titus Andronicus Annotated

Titus Andronicus Annotated

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/05/2021

Titus Andronicus Annotated by William Shakespeare

The Life of King Henry V Annotated

The Life of King Henry V Annotated

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/05/2021

The Life of King Henry V Annotated by William Shakespeare

The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/05/2021

The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

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