William Shakespeare (Baptism April 26,1564; died April 23,1616) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language, and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He enjoyed the Royal patronage of Elizabeth I. Painting now purported to be of Master William Shakespeare, known as the 'Cobbe portrait'.

Charles Robert Darwin, FRS (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors, and proposed the scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection. "Animals, whom we have made our slaves, we do not like to consider our equal."

Agatha Christie 1890 - 1976 Agatha Christie is the world's best-known mystery writer. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in over 45 foreign languages. She is outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare.

Photographic portrait of Dostoevsky, inscribed 1880

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) was a Danish author, fairy tale writer, and poet noted for his children's stories. These include "The Steadfast Tin Soldier," "The Snow Queen," "The Little Mermaid," "Thumbelina," "The Little Match Girl," and "The Ugly Duckling." His poetry and stories have been translated into more than 150 languages. They have inspired motion pictures, plays, ballets, and animated films.

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William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. His extant works, including some collaborations, consist of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, the authorship of some of which is uncertain.

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Portrait of King Henry VIII 1491-1547 c.1590 1590c.

William Shakespeare: Antony & Cleopatra Literary Poster

Elizabeth I, c.1565 (dating from the first decade of Elizabeth's reign).

Princess Mary Tudor, who was born on the 18th March 1496, the youngest daughter of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, who inherited her father’s auburn colouring and the delicate loveliness of her mother and fabled grandmother, that astonishing and radiant beauty, Elizabeth Woodville. She raised quite a ruckus.

Rudyard Kipling. 1895.

Georges Sand ~ Real name: Amantine Aurore Lucile Dupin, was born on July 1 1804, and was a respected female French writer with a penchant for wearing mens' clothes - which, in 19th Century Paris, caused quite the scandal. Her works included novels, plays and both literary and political comment pieces.

Princess Elizabeth driving an ambulance on April 10, 1945. She was trained as a driver and a mechanic.

William Shakespeare, writer

Queen Elizabeth I, c.1592. Circle of John Bettes the Elder. Temple Newsam House.

Queen Elizabeth the first's peacock gown OMG...that's all there is to say about it

Christopher Marlowe (1564 - 1593) was an English dramatist, poet and translator of the Elizabethan era. He greatly influenced William Shakespeare, who rose to become the pre-eminent Elizabethan playwright after Marlowe’s mysterious early death.

William Shakespeare's Grave

Celebrate the life and times of Ann Petry (October 12, 1908 – April 28, 1997); an African American author who became the first black woman writer with book sales topping a million copies for her novel The Street.