April 23rd Birthday Love: William Shakespeare

There was a star danced, and under that was I born.
-William Shakespeare

A Midsummer’s Night Dream

It is believed that the great William Shakespeare was born on this day, April 23, 1564 in Stratford upon Avon, England, and also died on April 23 in 1616.

Shakespeare is often referred to as “The Bard of Avon,” and is possibly the most famous writer in the English language, as the author of 39 plays and 154 poems, some of the most well known being Romeo and JulietA Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of VeniceHamletOthelloKing Lear, and Macbeth.  He is the best selling fiction writer of all time with approximately four billion copies sold.

Here is the delightfully dreamy final scene of the 1935 film version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Max Reinhardt and William Dieterle, with a young Mickey Rooney giving Puck’s soliloquy.

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