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Although William Shakespeare is one of the most revered authors of all time, his biography is full of mystery and curiosity. His actual birth date is unknown, the correct spelling of his name is also uncertain and his pa... More »

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Weird facts about William Shakespeare include the fact that he wrote a curse for his own epitaph, his father was once a professional drinker and that he spelled his own name wrong. He also either coined or popularized se... More »

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William Wordsworth was one of the greatest Romantic poets of the early 19th century. He is considered a Lake District poet, named for the area in England where he lived. More »

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William Shakespeare changed the world through his poems and dramatic plays, which covered all human emotions, portrayed conflicts and inspired works of literature by authors around the world. Shakespeare was born in Stra... More »

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William Shakespeare had three children with his wife, Anne Hathaway, and they included two daughters and one son. His two daughters were named Susanna and Judith, and his son was named Hamnet. Only Susanna and Judith liv... More »

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William Shakespeare's work has shaped English literature, language and thought for over 400 years. Scholar Alan Craven names him the "greatest dramatist, the greatest poet and the greatest prose writer" in the English la... More »

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