The Famous English and American Writers. William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616) William Shakespeare is a famous English writer. • He was born on the 23rd of April 1564. • William lived in a small English town Stratford-on-Avon. • When he was a child he went to a grammar school. • William Shakespeare worked as an actor. • He acted at the London theatre called “The Globe”. • In 1594 William Shakespeare wrote his famous tragedy “Romeo and Juliet”. • He wrote in the golden age of English literature. William Shakespeare wrote about 37 plays and many poems. Mark Twain (1835 – 1910) • Mark Twain is a famous American writer. • He was born on the 30th of November 1835. • Mark Twain began to work at the age of 12. • In 1857 he became a sailor. • Mark Twain became famous in 1865. • He was a short story writer and the greatest American humorist. • Mark Twain was fond of collecting things which nobody had. Mark Twain was born in America and lived in the state of Missouri on the banks of the Mississippi. Mark Twain wrote many interesting books. His famous book is about Tom Sawyer. Jack London (1876 – 1916) • Jack London is a famous American writer. • He was born on the 12th of January 1876 in SanFrancisco. • He was a son of a farmer. • He had a lot of jobs. • Jack London worked as a newspaper seller, a sailor and a factory worker. • He dreamed of becoming a pirate. • Jack London wrote his first book in 1898. • Jack London lived in Alaska for some years. • He wrote 152 stories about the North. • Jack London wrote many novels and stories about animals. Agatha Christie (1890 – 1976) • Agatha Christie is a famous English writer. • She was born on the 15th of September 1890 in England. • Agatha didn׳t go to school and got her education at home. • In 1914 she got married. • She took part in the First World War. She was a nurse. • Agatha Christie began to write detective stories in 1920. • Her first novel was “The Mysterious Affair at Styles” («Таинственное преступление в Стайлсе»). • She became famous in 1926. • Agatha Christie wrote 68 novels, 17 plays and more than a hundred stories. Agatha Christie – “Queen of Crime” James Hadly Chase (1906 – 1985) • James Hadly Chase is a famous English novelist. • He was born on the 24th of December 1906 in London. • In 1939 James worked as a bookseller. • He began to write in 1939. • James Hadly Chase became famous in 1939. • His first novel was “No Orchids For Miss Blandish” («Никаких орхидей для мисс Блендиш»). James Hadly Chase wrote about 80 books.