When talking about universality, it quickly comes to our mind Shakespeare. Piles of expressions that are part of our daily speech are linked to this author and his stunning understanding of human passions. How often have you uttered all that glisters is not gold or every cloud has a silver lining? They are truly Shakespearean.
A good way of improving our knowledge regarding this author or the Elizabethan period is having a peep at the following webpage http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/shakespeare in which you can find different videos, quizzes, grammar and vocabulary in context, depending on the Shakespearean work chosen.
You will be amazed when you discover how prevailing Shakespeare is in our daily speech!