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Is Shakespeare a pen name or is it his real name?I know he is real but I'm unsure about...

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mochachik | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted March 24, 2010 at 5:47 AM via web

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Is Shakespeare a pen name or is it his real name?

I know he is real but I'm unsure about the name.

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Doug Stuva | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted March 24, 2010 at 7:57 AM (Answer #1)

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Shakespeare is Shakespeare's real name.  He was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564, and his father's name was John Shakespeare.  He married Anne Hathaway in 1582, and a daughter was born six months later.  They also had twins, Judith and Hamnet, who died young, in 1585.  Judith lived until 1662. 

Virtually nothing is known about Shakespeare's life from 1585-1592.  By 1592, however, he is at at least fairly well-known on the London stage.  And the rest, as they say, is history.

But, again, yes, Shakespeare is his real name. 

 (Source:  The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English)

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shoonya | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted April 5, 2010 at 3:34 PM (Answer #2)

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Undoubtedlly, 'Shakespeare' was surname of William Shakespeare. But, with the respect of time, and, with the respect of english Language's development, spelling of Shakespeare has changed.

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