Of all the authors in the history of English literature, few can hope to have a legacy as lasting as that of William Shakespeare. Born in late April of 1564 in the small English village of Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare relocated to London when he was of age where he went on to pursue a career as an actor and a dramatist. During the course of his life, Shakespeare drafted what have become some of the most famous works in the English language. Many of his poems and plays, including Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice and Hamlet, are still considered foundational parts of modern education and continue to see new interpretations onstage, in literature and in pop culture. Shakespeare is also believed to have contributed nearly 2,000 words to the English language. He died on April 23, 1616.

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