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language, Shakespeare was also an actor-manager of a professional company. He wrote to be performed; the script was only important until the actors knew there lines. Shakespeare never bothered to publish his plays- the first Folio of 1623, which includes texts of most of his 38 plays, was collected only after his death. His work, covering a broad range of comedy, tragedy, history, and pastoral, includes such immoral characters as Hamlet and Falstaff, Rosalind and Lady Macbeth.