William Shakespeare

1564 - 1616

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William Shakespeare (bapt. 26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) was an English playwright, poet and actor. He is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's greatest dramatist. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Shakespeare has received more than 37,729,006 page views. His biography is available in 202 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 194 in 2019). William Shakespeare is the most popular writer, the 2nd most popular biography from United Kingdom and the most popular British Writer.

William Shakespeare is most famous for writing the plays Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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  • 202

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  • 5.87

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Among writers, William Shakespeare ranks 1 out of 5,794After him are Dante Alighieri, Homer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Fyodor Dostoevsky, J. R. R. Tolkien, Hans Christian Andersen, Voltaire, Franz Kafka, Leo Tolstoy, Victor Hugo, and Edgar Allan Poe.

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Among people born in 1564, William Shakespeare ranks 2Before him is Galileo Galilei. After him are Pieter Brueghel the Younger, Christopher Marlowe, William Adams, Paulo Miki, David Fabricius, Hans Leo Hassler, Ahmad Sirhindi, Francisco Pacheco, Joos de Momper, and Henry Julius, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg. Among people deceased in 1616, William Shakespeare ranks 1After him are Miguel de Cervantes, Tokugawa Ieyasu, Vincenzo Scamozzi, Maria Anna of Bavaria, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Jacob Le Maire, Simeon Bekbulatovich, John Adolf, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp, Andreas Libavius, Tang Xianzu, and Kuzma Minin.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, William Shakespeare ranks 2 out of 6,924Before him are Isaac Newton (1643). After him are Charles Darwin (1809), Elizabeth II (1926), Adam Smith (1723), Elizabeth I of England (1533), Charlie Chaplin (1889), John Locke (1632), Francis Bacon (1561), Winston Churchill (1874), James Watt (1736), and Stephen Hawking (1942).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, William Shakespeare ranks 1After him are Agatha Christie (1890), Charles Dickens (1812), Arthur Conan Doyle (1859), Daniel Defoe (1660), Jane Austen (1775), Lord Byron (1788), Lewis Carroll (1832), Virginia Woolf (1882), Mary Shelley (1797), Robert Louis Stevenson (1850), and Emily Brontë (1818).