Happy Birthday, Will Shakespeare

There once was a playwright named Will

Whose spelling was practically Nil.

Whether Shaksper or Shakspere

Or Shakspe or Shakespeare,

Sweet Will paid his bill with a Quill.

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Rosy Cole on Monday, 23 April 2018 23:48

I believe his name originally was spelled without the first E. Ah, the days before the iniquity that is Amazon, when you could pay a bill with a quill, or even a Giro with Biro.

I believe his name originally was spelled without the first E. Ah, the days before the iniquity that is Amazon, when you could pay a bill with a quill, or even a Giro with Biro.
Stephen Evans on Tuesday, 24 April 2018 21:03

If anyone is curious about the spelling of his name:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spelling_of_Shakespeare%27s_name

If anyone is curious about the spelling of his name: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spelling_of_Shakespeare%27s_name
Rosy Cole on Thursday, 26 April 2018 13:23

Thank you for this enlightening link!

One of my volumes of the 'Complete Works' is hidebound and marbled with gold die-stamping. It was published in 1862 by H G Bohn, York Street, Covent Garden, and apparently was owned by a pupil of Bedford School whose name is on the bookplate in Latin, Gulielmo H Parker (William Parker). He has missed out the second 'g'. This Victorian edition has the Bard's name as William Shakspere. (Perhaps suggesting 'father of the more famous Shak', probably 'Jacques':-) )

Now I'm thoroughly persuaded that Shak did his Dad proud in the Norman Conquest and earned honours of William the Conqueror :)

Thank you for this enlightening link! One of my volumes of the 'Complete Works' is hidebound and marbled with gold die-stamping. It was published in 1862 by H G Bohn, York Street, Covent Garden, and apparently was owned by a pupil of Bedford School whose name is on the bookplate in Latin, [i]Gulielmo H Parker[/i] (William Parker). He has missed out the second 'g'. This Victorian edition has the Bard's name as [i]William Shakspere[/i]. (Perhaps suggesting 'father of the more famous Shak', probably 'Jacques':-) ) Now I'm thoroughly persuaded that [i]Shak[/i] did his Dad proud in the Norman Conquest and earned honours of William the Conqueror :)
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