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William Shakespeare, who lived from 1564 to 1616, wrote 38 plays, 154 sonnets and various other works. He is considered to be one of the best writers in the English language. His most famous works include Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, The Tempest, Hamlet, Macbeth and A Midsummer Night's Dream. He was born and died in a town called Stratford-Upon-Avon in England.