Hamlet. Macbeth. Othello. Romeo. Juliet. Many are the famous characters and historical figures that William Shakespeare brought to life. As one of the most famous playwrights and poets of all time, Shakespeare figures into nearly everyone’s academic path. Also known affectionately as the Bard, Shakespeare produced his iconic works in the 1500s-1600s, among them "King Lear, "As You Like It," and "The Merchant of Venice." A Shakespeare textbook may be anything from a reprint of Shakespeare collections and Shakespeare criticism to anthologies of his Shakespearean comedies and Shakespearean tragedies.