The Mysterious Life And Career Of Shakespeare

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As expected, the life of a man who lived more than 450 years ago is riddled with mystery and uncertainty. Unfortunately, these mysterious details are all we have for the world's most iconic playwright, William Shakespeare. For one, we don't even know the correct spelling of his name. Shakespeare never spelled his own name "William Shakespeare," but instead opted for different variations and abbreviations like "Willm Shakp," "Willm Shakspere" and "William Shakspeare." Like his cause of death, it remains a mystery what Shakespeare did between the years 1585 and 1592.


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Key Facts In This Video

  1. A 15th-century clay pipe was found near Shakespeare's garden that contained traces of cocaine, marijuana, and myristic acid. 00:08

  2. Shakespeare has 946 writing credits for television and film on IMDB, making him the most prolific screenwriter ever. 00:59

  3. A Klingon version of "Hamlet" has been performed. 01:56