Today is the Bard of Avon’s birthday (and the anniversary of his death, too)! Here’s more about Shakespeare:
Monday, April 23, marks the 448th anniversary of the birthday and the 396th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, the English language’s most widely known poet and dramatist. As such, media from around the globe are remembering and invoking the Globe Theatre artist.
Let the Bardolatry commence!
Shakespeare, in a nutshell.
Born in Stratford-upon-Avon on 23 April, 1564, Shakespeare married young, at 18, before embarking on his career as a playwright and actor with the Lord Chamberlain’s Men in London just a few years later. He appears to have divided his time between Stratford and London. Little is known about Shakespeare’s private life, and but he is credited with the authorship of 38 of the world’s most known, most performed plays, and 154 of its most recited sonnets. He died on 23 April 1616, having enjoyed a solid, if unexceptional reputation in his lifetime. It wasn’t until the 19th century that the world re-discovered Shakespeare’s works and promoted the man to the lofty position that he now occupies.
Here’s the rest of the story:
Shakespeare’s birthday: What the Bard still has to offer