william shakespeare signaturesNot many people have their birthdays celebrated posthumously, but not many people are William Shakespeare. Interestingly enough, his birth date is a mere approximation, since we aren’t sure exactly when he was born. Here are some other interesting facts you may not have known about The Bard:

His wife was the original Anne Hathaway. No really, that was her name. She was eight years his senior when they wed, and they had three children, including a set of twins.

Shakespeare was incredibly prolific, having written 37 plays and 154 sonnets. That’s an average of 1.5 plays per year.

Looking for a quote? Look no further. Shakespeare is the second most quoted writer in the English language (after the Bible). One of our favorite quotes? “Brevity is the soul of wit.” An important rule for every writer to learn.

We’re probably spelling his name wrong. On documents from his day he signed his name Shakp, Shaksper, Shakspe, Shakspere, Shakspere, Shakspeare and Shakespear (see graphic above). Not that it matters. A rose by any other name…

He was a romantic. The word love appears in Romeo and Juliet 150 times.

The reason we remember Shakespeare is for his brilliance, but also for his work ethic.  If you are to be a writer, write. And then write some more. If you’re as persistent as Shakespeare was, maybe we’ll still be celebrating your birthday 445 years from now.

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