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William Shakespeare Fun Facts

Hello again!

 Today I wanted to keep the fun facts about different authors going, and decided to go with William Shakespeare. Yes I am aware he technically didn’t write books, but he is known for some of the best plays that we have in existence, and he is considered an author, well a playwright. Let’s get started on learning more about Shakespeare.

  • Shakespeare is widely considered the world’s greatest dramatist
  • He wrote 38 plays and 154 sonnets
  • He married Anne Hathaway when he was only 18 years old
  • He acted in many of his plays performances
  • His acting company, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, built the Globe theater for their performances in 1599
  • Before Shakespeare, the English language was much less codified with no official dictionary and many variations on spelling
  • Shakespeare has given many memorable phrases to the English language, such as “wild goose chase”, “foregone conclusion” “in a pickle”
  • Macbeth was often unpopular for its reference to witches which created fear in the middle ages. There remains a long theater superstition of saying aloud the name ‘Macbeth’
  • When he died he only left his wife Anne a bed
  • There is a belief that a curse lays on Shakespeare’s grave for anyone who moves his bones
  • Shakespeare introduced almost 3,000 words to the English
  • He references suicide 13 times in his plays, mainly by characters dying by their own hand
  • Nobody can for certain tell when exactly his birthday is
  • They never did figure out what caused him to die
  • He disappeared from the history books between 1585 and 1592. No one can find any trace of what he was doing during this time
  • Shakespeare had seven siblings
I hope you learned something new about William Shakespeare that you didn’t know before fellow readers!
Facts found at the following websites:

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