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Fun and Interesting Facts on William Shakespeare for children


Have you done William Shakespeare at school yet? If not, don’t worry — you will!

The English writer and poet William Shakespeare is considered by many to be the greatest playwright of all time. While most people are familiar with the name of William Shakespeare, no one knows when he was born. Experts know that he was baptized on April 26, 1564 and believe that he was 3 days old at the time. This is why the April 23 date has been adopted as his officially recognized birthday. This date is also the day he died on, 52 years later in 1616.

When Shakespeare left his home in Stratford-upon-Avon for London, it is rumoured that he had to leave because he was caught poaching (hunting illegally). Shakespeare married at 18 and wrote his first known play when he was 25 years old. He was a very well known actor as well as a playwright, performing in his own and other people’s plays. Shakespeare worked with a company of actors called the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, for whom he wrote his plays for and performed with.

William Shakespeare’s writings have been translated into more languages than those of any other author. There are over 80 different translations of his plays and poems being performed and read by people all over the world. Shakespeare used 17,677 different words to write his plays and poems, including 1,700 which he created himself (The word “assassination” was invented by Shakespeare). Most people use only 2000 to 2500 words when speaking and writing, but Shakespeare was able to use 7 times this number.

Shakespeare is credited with 39 plays, including Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and Julius Caesar. His plays are usually divided into three types: comedies (which have a happy ending), histories (which are based on real events) and tragedies (which have an unhappy ending). There is still much debate about which poems and plays were written by William Shakespeare as he often collaborated with other writers to create plays, which was common at that time.

Cardenio is the name of a play that was written by Shakespeare, and performed while he was alive, but there is no copy of this play surviving today. Many people have tried to find out what the play was about but the mystery of this lost work may never be solved. If you can find a copy, keep hodl of it — it’s will be worth a lot of money!

Here is a really surprising fact: this great writer’s wife and children were all illiterate — they couldn’t read!

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