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Odd Facts of William Shakespeare
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Odd Facts about William Shakespeare
Mini Bio of Shakespeare
William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564 in Stratford on Avon. His parents were John Shakespeare and Mary Arden. He married Anne Hathaway in 1582 and raised two children together. He wrote more than 30 plays but only published 18 of them. He wrote The Rape of Lucrece (1594), The Sonnets of Shakespeare (1609), and Venus and Adonis (1593). He died on April 23, 1616, and was buried two days later at Stratford Church.
He put a curse on anyone daring to move his body from that final resting place. His epitaph was:
Good friend for Jesus’ sake forbear,
To dig the dust enclosed here:
Blest be the man that spares these stones,
And curst be he that moves my bones.
Though it was customary to dig up the bones from previous graves to make room for others, Shakespeare’s remains are still undisturbed.
Shakespeare is the second most quoted writer in the English language – after the various writers of the Bible.
Shakespeare never signed his last name the same on any document. He has spelled it more than 80 various ways including Shakespe; Shakspe; Shakspere and Shakespear.
Joan was the first child of John and Mary (she only survived two months)
Margaret (she died one year after birth)
William (he died at age 52 )
Gilbert (died at age 46)
Joan, another daughter (died at age 77)
Anne (died at age 8)
Richard (died at age 39)
Edmund (died at age 27)
Shakespeare was baptized on April 26, 1564, in Stratford-upon-Avon, just three days before the Stratford parish register recorded an outbreak of the plague.
On May 20, 1609, Thomas Thorpe published Shakespeare's sonnets in a quarto volume, apparently without the poet's permission.
Shakespeare's works contain first-ever recordings of 2,035 English words, including critical, frugal, excellent, barefaced, assassination, and countless.
Suicide occurs an unlucky thirteen times in Shakespeare’s plays.
In his will, he left most of his real estate to his daughter Susanna. A statement was inserted between the lines in the will, which said: "I gyve unto my wief my second best bed with the furniture." The "furniture" was the bedclothes for the bed. This is all he left his wife in his will, and the only time she was mentioned.
Shakespeare lived a double life. By the seventeenth century he had become a famous playwright in London but in his hometown of Stratford, where his wife and children were, and which he visited frequently, he was a well known and highly respected businessman and property owner
No one really knows what Shakespeare looks like
All of Shakespeare's family members were illiterate.
Shakespeare’s shortest play, The Comedy of Errors is only a third of the length of his longest, Hamlet, which takes four hours to perform.
Shakespeare did not go to college
All Uranus’ satellites are named after Shakespearean characters
According to reports, Shakespeare wrote quickly and with ease; Fellow playwright Ben Jonson said “Whatsoever he penned, he never blotted out a line.”
In 1594, Shakespeare became one of the founders of Lord Chamberlain’s Men, an acting/theater group that soon became the leading player’s company in London.
The Comedy of Errors is Shakespeare's shortest play and is 1770 lines long
In his hometown Stratford, his father ran his own business as a glove maker then became an alderman in the town council.
Used the word dog or dogs over 200 times in his works
One Shakepeare play, Cardenio, is known to be lost. Some scholars argue that this is not the only one that got lost.
Shakespeare was born under the Julian Calendar. What was April 23 in his time, would be May 3 in today's time.
Worked in London for 25 years. In 1612, he moved back to Stratford and lived quietly, enjoyed family and friends, and talked with young playwriters.
Shakespeare wrote his first play at age 25
Shakespeare was a roman catholic
Hamlet is Shakespeare's most famous work with Romeo and Juliet following.
At the age of 18, Shakespeare married the 26-year-old Anne Hathaway.
Shakespeare did not have a middle name. His name sometimes appears Latin.
Shakespeare’s play ,Julius Caesar, was the first play performed in The Globe Theater.
Shakespeare performed in many of his own plays
The cause of Shakespreare's death is a mystery
The last play Shakespreare wrote was Two Noble Kinsmen
The village Shakespeare grew up in had a population of over 1500 people and only about 200 houses
Shakespeare's first job was holding horses outside the theaters
Wrote King John the same year his son died
"To be or not to be" and "All the world's a stage." are two famous quotes by Shakespeare.
Based on textual evidence in the sonnets and some plays, some believe that Shakespeare was bisexual.
Shakespeare is believed to have died on his birth date, April 23rd.
None of Shakepeare's plays were acted out by women
And that's 40 facts about the one and only, WIlliam Shakespeare.