English Poet and Dramatist
Turning playwright, Shakespeare revealed unique powers of characterisation and mastery of dramatic speech in both verse and prose, with 37 plays assigned to him in his lifetime. In 1597, he purchased New Place, the second largest house in Stratford, and retired there in 1611. He died at New Place and was buried in the Chancel of Stratford church.
Thousands of books have been written about Shakespeare and his works. His plays are acted and studied more than any other dramatist in history