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Since being buried at the Church of the Holy Trinity at Stratford-upon-Avon, England, in 1616, William Shakespeare has not been receiving visitors in person. He is dead, and no longer much of a conversationalist. However, his place of burial remains a popular destination for lovers of the Bard. Shakespeare remains an enigmatic figure in human history, the presumed author of 37 plays and over a hundred sonnets, the plays continuing to provide the foundation of theater hundreds of years after the playwright's death. Shakespeare's plays, including Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, and Julius Caesar, are among the most popular and highly respected works of literature in history and are routinely produced today in theaters around the world. Phrases from Shakespeare's works are among the most routinely quoted in the English language, and debates regarding the authenticity of his works (i.e., the controversy surrounding the authorship of the works attributed to Shakespeare) contribute to his mystique. In short, no discussion of literature or theater is complete without reference to William Shakespeare. People like to read and perform the works of Shakespeare because of his brilliant prose, and much of what is surmised about certain parts of history is derived from his depictions of historical events and people, particularly with regard to the assassination of Julius Caesar.
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