William Shakespeare is considered as one of the greatest playwrights in the history of the world. The English poet was born on April 23, 1564. He is often called the “Bard of Avon” portraying him to represent the identity, beliefs and principles of the British culture.
He is the best-selling fiction author of all time (selling over 4 billion copies of written works). His style, lessons and quotes span over 400 years and till reaps relevance in our modern culture – especially in the field of literature.
His plays have been translated into every major language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.
While Shakespeare is known for his popular works such as The Tempest, Hamlet and Macbeth – most of these book being taught at schools and colleges, a little peep closer into the life of this gifted writer reveals some truths that are often not spoken about.
The purpose of this post is to unravel some facts about Shakespeare you (probably) didn’t know.
1 . Shakespeare got married at a very early age. Can you guess…? 25 maybe? You’re not even close. Shakespeare joined oath together with Anne Hathaway when he was just 18. The marriage took place in Stratford, Warwickshire.
2 . Shakespeare had twins.
His marriage union with Anne Hathaway saw the birth of three children: Susan and a set of twins, Hamlet and Judith.
3 . Some of Shakespeare’s best works were produced between 1589 and 1613. He predominantly produced mainly comedies and histories which are often considered to be some of the best work ever produced in these genre.
4 . The actual date of birth of Shakespeare is unknown. Although it is predominantly observed to be on 23 April, which can however be traced back to an 18th-century scholar’s mistake. The widely used date – 23rd April was actually the day he died.
5 . Shakespeare’s wife – Anne Hathaway, was 8 years older than him. He got married to her at age 18 while she was 26!
6 . Shakespeare has been translated into 80 languages.
7 . Shakespeare used derogatory and insulting terms in some of his plays. Contrary to popular belief that his work were mainly censored comedies and romantics, his characters knew how to call you a “slowpoke” without stooping to simplism. A collection of some of his insulting statements are on litcharts
8 . Far from being a broke artist, Shakespeare’s plays made him very wealthy. In 1597, he bought the second largest house in Stratford
9 . There’s a possibility that we’re all spelling his name wrong. Recorded spellings of his name range from Shakspere to Shaxberd to Shappere. No documented record of him actually spelling his name as “Shakespeare.
10 . There were no portraits of Shakespeare painted in his lifetime. Therefore all existing paintings you see are all guesswork.
11 . Some scholars think Shakespeare wasn’t the original writer of most of his plays. They couldn’t fathom How a provincial commoner become one of the most eloquent and prolific writers in history. Even in his early career, William was writing tales that had in-depth knowledge of history and international affairs. Record doesn’t indicate he went to a university.