William Shakespeare was born and taken by God on the same day. But not on the same year of course. That day is April 23.
He lived until the age of 52.
He introduced almost 3,000 words to the English language, and used over 7,000 words only once in his plays. He wrote close to 1/10 of the most quoted lines ever written or spoken in English, and is the 2nd most quoted writer in the English language.
Shakespeare had 7 siblings and 3 children. There are more than 80 variations recorded for the spelling of his name. His plays are made up of a total of 884,429 words. He wrote 37 plays and 154 works that we know of.
Most of his plays are comedy. 2 of his plays are written entirely in verse, that is King John and Richard II. 2 of his plays have been translated into Klingon – Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing.
6 of his plays in which men are disguised as women or women as men are Midsummer Nights Dream, As You Like It, Cymbeline, Merchant of Venice, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Twelfth Night.
His longest play by number of words are Anthony and Cleopatra with 1,361 words. Then followed by Othello with 1,309 words, then Trollus and Cressida with 1,301 words, then Hamlet with 1,250 words, and finally Coriolanus with 1,240 words.
His shortest play by number of words are Midsummer Night’s Dream, King John, Richard II, Titus Adronicus, and Comedy of Errors in that order.
Shakespare’s most talkative characters are Falstaf, Henry V, Hamlet, Duke of Gloucester, Othello, and Iago.