Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet, Othello, Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and King Lear are among Edith Nesbit's most recognized classic short Shakespeare stories. First published in book form in 1899, they have never been out of print since then.
Nesbit was an English writer who was famous for her children's books. She wrote over 20 novels and several non-fiction works before she died at the age of 57. Her most well known work is probably the Shakespear story series that we know so well today.
In addition to writing novels, Nesbit also edited two magazines: one on gardening and one on archaeology. She traveled a lot and spent some time living abroad (including in Egypt). She returned to England and lived there until she died.
So, yes, Shakespeare wrote short stories too!
The Merchant of Venice and Much Ado About Nothing are two of his 17 comedies. Henry V and Richard III are two of his ten historical dramas. His tragedies are most known for Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth. Shakespeare also authored four poems and a well-known collection of sonnets, the first of which was published in 1609. He died at the age of 52 in 1616.
Shakespeare wrote for the acting industry rather than literature, so many characters die in his plays. This is because at that time in England people liked to see heroes rise from tragedy to triumph. So, he used this idea and wrote several plays about it.
His works have been influential on theatre around the world and are performed more than any other playwright's works. There are schools named after him in England and America.
He was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England and lived there until he was about 40 years old. Then, he moved to London where he worked as an actor, writer, and producer. Some think that he may have even been married. But, there is no proof of this and he was married when he was young and had children. He probably never married again after his wife died in 1596.
Shakespeare invented many words that exist in today's language.
Shakespeare composed at least 37 plays and worked on many more between around 1590 and 1613. He also wrote poems such as Sonnets and Epithalamions.
Shakespeare probably didn't write all of these works himself but instead used collaborators to help him with ideas and research. This is normal for writers of his time - Thomas Middleton wrote plays that were performed by the same company as Shakespeare's works-and they are often called "shareholder" plays because they were written by several people. It is possible that some of these collaborators later claimed credit for the works themselves. None of them can be proven as a direct collaborator through evidence in the texts themselves, but recent studies have shown that many of these individuals were very likely responsible for other works produced around the same time. For example, one study has suggested that almost all of the actors who appeared in London during this period were also involved in other activities including writing, directing, and performing plays so it isn't surprising that some of them made claims about their involvement with others' work.
It is also important to remember that during this time period there were no copyright laws in England to protect authors against plagiarists.