10 Interesting facts about Shakespeare

For anyone curious or interested to learn more about Shakespeare, here are 10 interesting facts to get started with.

  • 1. Many of his plays were done at the Globe Theatre, known as the first playhouse built by actors for actors, located on the south bank of the Thames River.
  • 2. Shakespeare was born in 1564 and died in 1616, and produced most of his work between 1589 and 1613.  He was born the 3rd of eight children.
  • 3. While not universally celebrated during his lifetime, over the years others had championed him to a much more prominent influence, including the writers from the 18th and 19th centuries such as Voltaire, Goethe, Stendhal, and Victor Hugo.
  • 4. The poet William Blake did illustrations of many Shakespeare stories in the late 18th century.
  • 5. His work can be organized into three parts, the Histories, the Comedies, and the Tragedies.  In total he wrote 37 plays and 154 sonnets.
  • 6. His shortest play is The Comedy of Errors and the longest is Hamlet, taking about four hours for a performance.
  • 7. This Histories include The Life and Death of King John, the Tragedy of Richard the Second, The First and Second Parts of King Henry the Fourth, The Life of King Henry the Fifth, The First, Second, and Third Parts of King Henry the Sixth, The Tragedy of King Richard the Third, and The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eighth.
  • 8. The Comedies include The Tempest, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Measure for Measure, The Comedy of Errors, Much Ado about Nothing, Love’s Labour’s Lost, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, The Taming of the Shrew, All’s Well That Ends Well, Twelfth Night or What You Will, and The Winter’s Tale.
  • 9. The Tragedies include The History of Troilus and Cressida, The Tragedy of Coriolanus, The Tragedy of Titus Andronicus, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, The Life of Timon of Athens, The Tragedy of Julius Ceasar, The Tragedy of Macbeth, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, The Tragedy of King Lear, The Tragedy of Othello or The Moor of Venice, The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra, Cymbeline, and Pericles, Prince of Tyre.
  • 10. Famous quotes by Shakespeare include “To be, or not to be, that is the question”, “All the world’s a stage…”, and “A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.”  Shakespeare the second most quoted writer of the English language.

Organize your writings on your own network

If you’re a writer or thinking about writing your own Shakespearean story, you can use an Odysen network to help organize your work.  Here are a few benefits you get from doing so:

  • Storing backups: Nothing worse than getting 90% done with a story only to have something happen to your computer (crash, stolen, virus), and you have to start over again.  On your network you can regularly upload drafts of your work to the Documents application, where you can access from any computer as well as have ready for potentially sharing with others if appropriate.
  • Using for research: While imagination can get you from one sentence to the next, often your work is based on some type of foundation or research you’ve done.  With your own network, you can organize some of this in a central place for easy reference, such as useful website links, stored papers or PDFs, photos, videos, and store notes of larger ideas or concepts.
  • Sharing with others: If you’re looking to get feedback on your work, you can either add others to your existing network or create a sub-network just for them.  From there you can import your stories from one network to another, let them know with an email notification, and the can add appropriate comments for feedback.
  • Publication: When you’re ready to try to get your story published, you can use your network to centralize a few of your activities.  This could be adding websites for various literary journals, magazines, book publishers, as well as those for DIY publishing services.  Include their blogs if available and add next steps to the Actions application.
  • Privacy: As it’s your network, you own your content and only others you’ve invited will have access to view it.  Helpful for keeping the rough drafts under wraps until the appropriate polish has been taken care of.
  • Low cost: You can get started or use on an occasional basis for free with the Basic plan, allowing you to add 50 content items, have 1 GB of storage, and create as many networks as you’d like.  Later you can upgrade to a relatively low cost plan for more active usage.

Learn more about having your own network for writing, including using the applications, the benefits, and other relevant blog articles.

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