How Many Books Were Written By Shakespeare?

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Lucy Burroughs Profile
Lucy Burroughs answered
William Shakespeare didn’t actually write novels – he was a poet and a playwright, and wrote 38 plays and 154 sonnets.

His plays can be divided into three categories; tragedies, comedies, and histories.

Famous Plays by William Shakespeare
  • Romeo and Juliet (tragedy)
  • Othello (tragedy)
  • Macbeth (tragedy)
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor (comedy)
  • Much Ado About Nothing (comedy)
  • Twelfth Night (comedy)
  • Henry V (history)
  • King John (history)
  • Richard II (history)
As Shakespeare lived over four hundred years ago, and wrote several drafts of each play, it’s difficult to know the exact date for each one.

Poems by William Shakespeare Shakespeare favored a type of love poem called a sonnet. These are typically fourteen lines long, and have a strict rhyming scheme.

Here are some of his most famous sonnets:

  • Sonnet 116 – Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds
  • Sonnet 18 - Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?
  • Sonnet 29 – When in Disgrace with Fortune and Men's Eyes
  • Sonnet 130 - My Mistress' Eyes are Nothing Like The Sun
Christopher Adam Profile
William Shakespeare wrote 38 plays, which have been reprinted over the centuries as individual books, as well as single volume compilations.

Shakespeare also wrote 154 sonnets and a large number of other poems. Of these poems "The Rape of Lucrece" is probably the best known. It is also very possible that Shakespeare wrote other works as well, but these have probably been lost over the centuries.

Some people have also questioned the authorship of Shakespeare's works, and have raised questions about the personal life of the author, as we know relatively little about him, despite his many works.

Shakespeare's plays and sonnets are canonical works of the English language and they are taught in nearly every English-language high school. At university, entire courses in literature departments are devoted to Shakespeare's plays and sonnets.

The English playwright's works have also been translated into every major language and various abridged and modernized versions have been published in English as well.

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