20 Interesting Facts about William Shakespeare

11. From “Shappere” to “Shaxberd”, Shakespeare’s name has over 80 spelling.

12. In all of Shakespeare’s plays, women’s roles were all played by young men, because women were not allowed to perform on stage in Shakespeare’s time.

13. Lord Chamberlain’s Men was found in 1594, Shakespeare was one of the shareholders of it, Lord Chamberlain’s Men became the main theater in London later, it was also the main place where Shakespeare worked in his career.

14. Shakespeare had a very fast writing speed and his creative process seemed very easy, “Whatsoever he penned, he never blotted out a line.” Playwright Ben Jonson who was contemporary with Shakespeare said.


15. Sonnet is the poem of celebration for love, but Shakespeare’s sonnets are always bitter, self-loathing and homoerotic, so it was also a textual evidence of that Shakespeare was believed to be a bisexual.


16. Shakespeare’s works has a great influence on English, he has written 1/10 of the English language’s most quotable quotations, 2,035 English words and excellent phrases which are the most frequently used today were first used by him, for example countless, barefaced, excellent, critical, assassination, frugal, vanish into thin air, be in a pickle, tower of strength, be cruel to be kind, with bated breath,  flesh and blood, one fell swoop and so on.

17. Nobody knows the actual date of Shakespeare’s birthday and how he died.


18. The seven years from 1585 to 1592 were blank, no one knows where Shakespeare was and what he did during these years. Check it out


19. There are over 600 different references to birds in Shakespeare’s works, but we have to say starling as most Americans knew its history. In 1890, an American “bardolator” decided to import every bird mentioned in Shakespeare’s works to the United States, about 100 starlings were released in New York’s Central Park, these starlings adapted to the local conditions in a short time, they propagated rapidly, drove some native birds to the brink of extinction and caused a bad influence on the local ecosystem and economy, American government became aware of the gravity of the situation and then began to kill the birds, but the result was not ideal.

20. Shakespeare began to write and started working as an actor when he was 25 years old, he retired in 1613, died 3 years later. He left 154 sonnets, 2 long narrative poems Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece and 38 plays for the people of the world.

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