An study of the mystery surrounding the true identity of the famous English Bard. The author of such famous plays as "Hamlett," "Othello," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," and "Much Ado About Nothing" and a flurry of well-known sonnets.
"Famous Authors" examines the men and women behind the words that brought them literary kudos. In "William Shakespeare," viewers learn how the 16th century poet and playwright started a theater troupe with friends in the late 1500s -- and went on to become arguably the most influential writer of Western literature. The prolific artist penned over a dozen comedies and tragedies in the fruitful period between 1588 and 1597. The names of his plays read like a list of the Great Works of the English Language: "Romeo & Juliet," "Macbeth," "The Tempest," "Hamlet," and many more. What some readers might not know is that the bard also wrote many romantic sonnets near the end of his life.