What is the order in which Shakespeare wrote his sonnets?

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Critics have long debated the order of William Shakespeare's authorship of his individual sonnets. They almost certainly were not written in their numerical order, and I could not find any listing (whether researched or via guess-work) anywhere. It is believed that Shakespeare wrote them for private readership only, and he may have written them throughout the course of his life. Their appearance was documented as early as 1598, before the first-known publication appeared in The Passionate Pilgrim in 1599. Some researchers believe Shakespeare

planned two contrasting series: one about uncontrollable lust for a married woman of dark complexion (the "dark lady"), and one about conflicted love for a fair young man (the "fair youth").

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