On April 23, 2019, the reading room of World Literature Services organized a book exhibit, "A Star of World Literature," dedicated to the 455th anniversary of the great English playwright, poet William Shakespeare and the 415th anniversary of the great work "Othello".


The most famous and significant playwright in world history, who had a great influence on the development of the whole theatrical art and the entire culture of mankind. The works of Shakespeare are still on the stage today all over the world.    

William Shakespeare was born in the small town of Stratford-upon-Avon on April 23, 1564. He received his basic education at the High Grammar School, where he especially liked to attend classes in Latin and poetry. At school he developed a broad knowledge of ancient mythology, history, and literature, which is reflected in his writing. Shakespeare became a professional actor in the late 1580s, and in 1590 he began his dramatic work. The diversity of Shakespeare's creative heritage is represented in the genres: tragedy, comedy, historical chronicles baroque dramas, lyric-philosophical poetry and sonnets.  

Shakespeare's literary work began between 1585 and 1592, when he moved to London. Most of Shakespeare's works were written between 1589 and 1613. By the age of 30 he had written the poem "Venus and Adonis", then "Lucretia".These works first made Shakespeare famous. At the same time he wrote 154 sonnets, plays from the history of England - "Henry VI", "Richard III", comedies - "The Comedy of Errors", "The Taming of the Shrew" and the tragedy "Titus Andronicus". This was followed by new chronicles: "Richard II", "King John" and comedies - "The two Veronese", "Fruitless efforts of love," "A Midsummer Night's Dream", "The Merchant of Venice," the tragedy "Romeo and Juliet". This period of the writer's creativity completed a brilliant cycle of comedies: "Much Ado about Nothing", "The Merry Wives of Windsor", and "Twelfth Night".  In 1600 Shakespeare composed his best works: "Julius Caesar", "Hamlet", "Othello", "King Lear" and "Macbeth". Then followed the ancient tragedies: "Antony and Cleopatra", "Coriolanus", "Timon of Athens". The tragicomedies "Pericles", "Cymbeline", "The Winter's Tale" and "The Tempest" completed the creative path of the playwright.

Shakespeare's work is the pinnacle of world art. The surviving works, including some co-written with other authors, consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, four poems, and three epitaphs, which have been read by people for five centuries. To this day, admirers of Shakespeare still hold Shakespeare Readings, symposia and conferences every year dedicated to his work. The work of W. Shakespeare is read and watched by all civilized mankind. The tragedy "Othello" has been played on world stages for 415 years. The story is universal, timeless and relevant. Tragedy plunges us into inconceivable fatal passions, elevates, purifies and gives other meanings to the ordinariness of our lives.

The book exhibition from the collection of the National Library of the Republic of Kazakhstan presents works of the writer and literature about him and his work in different languages of the world.

Welcome to the book exhibition!