Historians believe that William Shakespeare was born on this day in 1564 and also died on this day-at the age of 52 in 1616. Shakespeare is widely considered to be the greatest writer in the English language. He wrote 38 plays, 154 sonnets and two long narrative poems. We have all of his works but we don’t know a lot about the man himself. There is some doubt in some quarters if he was the real author of those works.