All About Shakespeare: 6 Fascinating Facts About the Bard's Life and Works

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William Shakespeare’s life is one big enigma. Even his well-known name isn't clear-cut; in fact, it's been spelled in over 80 different ways, and, despite all of the signatures that have been preserved, none have spelt it "William Shakespeare." 

That simple oddity alone makes us wonder just how much we know about the world-famous playwright and poet. Sure, we're all tasked with understanding his works in English class — but do we come away with a full understanding of the writer himself? Hard to say. Here, we're delving into six common facts associated with the Bard that reveal much about his life, work and legacy.