Extant records of Shakespeare's property purchases and investments indicate that his association with the company made him a wealthy man, Shakespeare continued to act in his own and other plays after his success as a playwright.The 1616 edition of Ben Jonson's Works names him on the cast lists for Every Man in His Humour (1598) and Sejanus His Fall (1603).
However, in 1623 John Heminges and Henry Condell, two friends and fellow actors of Shakespeare, published a more definitive text known as the First Folio, a posthumous collected edition of his dramatic works that included all but two of the plays now recognised as Shakespeare's.
Few records of Shakespeare's private life survive, which has stimulated considerable speculation about such matters as his physical appearance, sexuality, religious beliefs and whether the works attributed to him were written by others.
His early plays were primarily comedies and histories, which are regarded as some of the best work ever produced in these genres.
He then wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, including Hamlet, Othello, King Lear and Macbeth, considered some of the finest works in the English language.
In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies, also known as romances and collaborated with other playwrights.
Biographers attempting to account for this period have reported many apocryphal stories.