William Shakespeare needs no introduction. Everybody knows him, but that information is very general. Today, in this list, we are discussing rare facts about William Shakespeare. Everybody knows that he was an English poet, who wrote brilliant plays and composed fantastic sonnets. He is also regarded as the greatest writer in the English Language, but there are some aspects of his life that are truly rare and not many people know about it. So, we decided to enlighten our readers regarding just that.
Check out top 10 rare facts about William Shakespeare in the list below. We hope the read is informational, and as always, your comments are welcome.
10. Oxford Dictionary
English language is a curious thing and it has been under development for ages. Various writers and playwrights have contributed to the English language that we have come to read and write today. The first on our list of rare facts about William Shakespeare is that he contributed an estimate of 3,000 words to the English language and this fact has been credited by the Oxford English Dictionary. The average person uses around 8,000 to 10,000 in a conversation. William Shakespeare had an astounding vocabulary with over 25,000 in his conversations and that is quite apparent by his plays.
9. Personal Life
William Shakespeare is very popular. In fact, he is the second most quoted writer. The first most quoted saying are from bible. But this is one of those rare facts about William Shakespeare that is about the controversy. Anne Hathaway was his wife. He was eight years her senior, and she was pregnant with William’s child when they got married. William was only 18 years of age at that particular time. Six months after their wedding, (Anne was three months pregnant with William’s baby at the time of their marriage), she gave birth to Susannah. Quite the controversy of their time.
William Shakespeare is very popular among the masses as an accomplished writer. He was popular for a reason of course. Anyway, this rare fact concerns his career. He contributed to the literature vastly. He wrote over 35 different plays and composed over 150 different sonnets. But that was not all he did. William Shakespeare was also a very brilliant actor. He even performed in many of his own plays. He even performed in plays that were from the other writers of the time and his past. He performed in plays written by Ben Jonson too.
7. National Portrait Gallery UK
There is a portrait gallery in the United Kingdom which is quite popular amongst tourists and locals. It is called the National Portrait Gallery and contains portraits of several famous personalities of that time. The first acquisition by the UK National Portrait Gallery was made in 1856 and it was the portrait of our very own William Shakespeare. It is considered as the only portrait of the writer that came from real life. So basically, that is the only picture of William Shakespeare that may be his true face. How’s that for a fact?
William Shakespeare, apart from being a very accomplished writer and actor, was a fantastic businessman as well. That quality was not very common amongst the artists of that particular time in history. He was a very rich man when he took his final breaths and he had loads of properties under his belt. He formed a joint-stock company (go figure) with his fellow actors. That means, that whatever the company earned in profits, William Shakespeare had a share in it. Then of course, he would earn a handsome fee for every single play he wrote, and every single sonnet he composed. Not to mention, his acting talents earned him quite a lot too.