William Shakespeare
Name: William Shakespeare
Age: 52 (at time of death)
Occupation: Playwright


Date of Birth: Baptised 26 April 1564 (birth date unknown)
Date of Death: 23 April 1616
Claim to fame: Wrote many famous plays and poems that have a huge literary impact and grounding even in the modern world.
Family: Anne Hathaway (wife)

Susanna Hall (daughter)
Hamnet Shakespeare (son)
Jusith Quiney (daughter)
John Shakespeare (father)
Mary Shakespeare (mother)

Role in series: Documenter of Everafter history.
William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright. His plays are some of the best-known in English literature. 


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Shakespeare was born and brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he had three children: Susanna, and the twins Hamnet and Judith. Between 1585 and 1592, he began what became a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part-owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men. He appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613, at age 49, where he died three years later. Few records of Shakespeare's private life survive, and there has been considerable speculation about his life and works.

He wrote approximately 38 plays and 154 sonnets, as well as a variety of other poems.

Role in the Books

In The Sisters Grimm, it is implied that William Shakespeare was an Everafter historian similar to the Brothers Grimm. This isn't elaborated upon, and the only Sisters Grimm characters of his are from A Midsummer Night's Dream, so it may be that this is the only piece of "Everafter history" he recorded. The rest of his plays can be assumed to be fiction.

The fairy characters from A Midsummer Night's Dream comprise a large number of characters in the series, especially the fourth book. (The human characters from the same play are never mentioned.) Shakespeare's fairies were responsible for the founding and ruling of Faerie in New York City. Despite this, Shakespeare is mentioned by name only once, in the first book, when Puck is introducing himself to Sabrina and Daphne. 

Shakespeare's Characters in the Series

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Puck Icon 2
Oberon full shot

Titania silhouette as chapter header


Mustardseed silhouette as chapter header


Cobweb silhouette as chapter header

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