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Essential Information About William Shakespeare and His Work

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Do you need to find out information about William Shakespeare? To help you get to the information you’re looking for fast, we’ve pulled together all the essential facts and study guides from the Shakespeare pages of About.com.

Here, we cover everything from Shakespeare’s life and works to the conspiracy theories that surround him.

Essential Information About William Shakespeare

1. Life of William Shakespeare

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In this article we cover all the important events in Shakespeare’s life; both personal and political! Everything from his birth to his death … and everything in between. Discover where he was schooled, why he had a “shotgun wedding”, how the Globe Theatre was stolen and what’s engraved upon his tomb!

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2. About Shakespeare Plays

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Shakespeare is best remembered for his plays. He single-handedly altered the course of English literature and many popular films and TV programmes are still using the conventions he established more than 400 years ago.

In this article, we look at how many plays Shakespeare wrote, the genres in which he wrote and the language he used.

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3. Shakespeare Sonnets

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Shakespeare’s sonnets are possibly the most beautifully and passionately written love poetry in the English language. Indeed, they paved the way for modern romantic poetry and Sonnet 18 is often regarded as the perfect Valentine’s Day poem.

In this article, we review the literary importance of the sonnets, provide an overview of the story that connects them and ask why they were published in the first place!

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4. Was Shakespeare Catholic?

Despite all the plays and poetry William Shakespeare left behind, relatively little is known about his personal life. One of the most important questions that has caused controversy amongst critics for centuries is the Bard’s religion. Could he have been Roman Catholic?

This article looks at the evidence and explains why this question is so important to our understanding of William Shakespeare.

5. Shakespeare Authorship Debate

The Shakespeare Authorship Debate has been raging for years – mainly fuelled by a distinct lack of documentary evidence on both sides. Essentially, various groups of scholars over the years have attempted to debunk William Shakespeare, the son of a glove maker from Stratford-upon-Avon, as the real author of the plays and sonnets.

The most likely candidate (other that Shakespeare himself!) is Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford.

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