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1. After the writers of the Bible, Shakespeare is the second most quoted writer.
2. The word "assassination" was invented by Shakespeare.
3. William Shakespeare, known to be the world's immortal poet and dramatist and regarded to be one of the greatest figures of literature, has not attended university.
4. He wrote his first play, when he around 25 years old.
5. Shakespeare began his career by working as an actor.
6. On an average he wrote two plays a year, thirty seven in all. Apart from this he also wrote 154 sonnets and two long narrative poems.
7. He never published any of his plays. Shakespeare wanted his plays to be performed on stage, and was not interested in having them printed and read.
8. Shakespeare borrowed extensively from all possible sources which included earlier plays, histories and poems.
9. He married Anne Hathway at the age of 18. She was 26 and pregnant at the time of their wedding. They had 3 children together. His only grand daughter died childless. Shakespeare therefore does not have descendants.
10. Nobody knows his actual birthday but he is believed to have lived till he was 52.