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Shakespeare         William Shakespeare was a great English playwright, dramatist and poet who lived during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Shakespeare is considered to be the greatest playwright of all time. No other writer's plays have been produced so many times or read so widely in so many countries as his.         Shakespeare was born to middle class parents. His father, John, was a Stratford businessman. He was a glove maker who owned a leather …

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…William Shakespeare.         Shakespeare's plays are usually divided into three major categories. These are comedy, tragedy, and history. Three plays which are in the category of comedy are 'The Comedy of Errors', 'The Taming of the Shrew', and 'The Two Gentlemen of Verone'. Three plays which are in the category of tragedy are 'Romeo and Juliet', 'Titus Andronicus', and 'Julius Caesar'. In the category of history, three plays are 'Henry V', 'Richard II', and 'Richard III'.