The Bard of Avon, William Shakespeare, was born in 1564, often regarded as the best English writer, has written 38 plays, 154 sonnets and several poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed almost everywhere in the world. His most famous works are "Romeo and Juliet", "Hamlet," "Macbeth" and "King Lear". Although he wasn't as famous until the late 19th century, today he is widely recognized as a genius. He has a huge vocabulary, which is pretty amazing since he was a noble, and he was self-taught. He made an impression on modern theatre and literature, and expanded the potential of drama. He influenced novelists like Thomas Hardy and Charles Dickens. After his death, there were many speculation about his autorship on some of his work, but, many critics disagree with such assumptions.