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Ask anyone who Shakespeare was and he or she will immediately rattle off at least three different plays that were required readings in English not to mention a few blockbuster movies bearing his name Many revere the works of Shakespeare as paramount in the world of literature dedicating entire books classes and festivals to the study and celebration of his work Although the ancient language is a common stumbling block for even the most seasoned readers his varied tales of love hate fear betrayal laughter defeat and victory are just as fitting today as they were four hundred years ago He is amazingly timeless Yet while we might know what Shakespeare is will we ever really know who Shakespeare was Ah theres the rub Much about the Bard is a mystery to even the most scholarly enthusiasts The hard facts that are actually known about him could fill one neatly handwritten page but what is speculated and complete legend could fill volumes of books So what is fact and what is fiction According to the little documentation that chronicles his life Shakespeare was not even a true Shakespeare at all he was born in April 1596 and entered in the baptismal record as Gulielmus filius Johannis Shakspere Even his actual date of birth is somewhat of a mystery While we do know that he was baptized on April 26th 1564 there is no existing record of his birth date We can assume that he was born on April 23rd judging by the customary three-day period that most families waited before baptizing their children but this is only speculation Since the records of the Stratford grammar school have not survived we cannot prove that Shakespeare attended school In all actuality we have no evidence that he was even literate His father had no educational training so it is quite possible that he also lacked in schooling but thats only guesswork The next piece of hard information
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