William Shakespeare, also spelled Shakspere, byname Bard of Avon or Swan of Avon died April 23, 1616, (Stratford-upon-Avon), English poet, dramatist, and actor, often called the English national poet and considered by many to be the greatest dramatist of all time.
Many of his works are considered the finest drama in the English language, including Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, and A MidsummerNight's Dream.
The Birth of Merlin is a play attributed to Shakespeare and William Rowley. Scholars often conclude that Shakespeare's involvement may be spurious, and it is usually considered an Apocryphal work.
In 1796 the play "Vortigern and Rowena" was presented as a lost Shakespeare work, but is almost universally considered a forgery.