Did you know that Shakespeare died on his birthday? There is so much more about ol’ Billy Shakes that most people have no idea about.
Born in Stratford-upon-Avon in April of 1564, Shakespeare’s body of work spans 38 plays, 154 sonnets, and two narrative poems. He is easily regarded as one of the most renowned playwrights in history. His plays cover tragedy, comedy, myth, and more.
Shakespeare is also known for penning many words used today in our modern English language such as ‘bandit’, ‘lackluster’, ‘dwindle’, ‘elbow’, and ‘dauntless’. His insults are some of the most creative and there are whole websites devoted to generating Shakespearean smack talk! Look to our insult generator in the study guide!
Shakespeare worked and wrote in London at the Globe Theatre where his plays premiered and were loved. (Trust me, if they weren’t the crowd would let them know about it by throwing food at them on the stage.) His family remained in Stratford, where his wife Anne Hathaway raised his three children.
While Shakespeare spent a lot of time in London, he died at his home in Stratford-upon-Avon on his birthday in 1616. Countless tourist flock to this very home to see where one of the most famous men in theatre entered and left this mortal coil. '
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