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Shakespeare died a nobody, then got famous by accident

[Shakespeare] was born in 1564 and died in 1616 on his 52nd birthday. A celebrated writer and actor who had performed for Queen Elizabeth and King James, he wrote approximately 39 plays and composed five long poems and 154 sonnets. By the time of his death, he had retired and was considered past his prime.

By the 1620s, his plays were no longer being performed in theaters. On the day he died, no one — not even Shakespeare himself — believed that his works would last, that he was a genius or that future generations would hail his writings.

He hadn’t even published his plays — during his lifetime they were considered ephemeral amusements, not…

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3 comments on “Shakespeare died a nobody, then got famous by accident

  1. This is certainly an amazing and almost improbable story. It makes me wonder how many amazing works of literature have been lost over the centuries.

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