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Did you know that William Shakespeare…

William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare

… committed tax fraud, and he was charged in 1598  with hoarding grain in order to resell it during food shortages?

Other fun facts about the author:

  • He was an astute real-estate investor. In fact, most of his income came from the renting of his properties.
  • His wife’s name was Anne Hathaway, like the actress in Les Misérables.  He was 18 when they married, and she was 26 and pregnant with their first child.
  • Because Shakespeare was from a humble family, there has been speculation that he is not the author of his works. His father was a leather merchant, and Shakespeare had to leave school at 13 to help his father.