Crazy Literary Facts: Shakespeare by Any Other Name

    Jeevan Sivasubramaniam Posted by Jeevan Sivasubramaniam, Managing Director, Editorial, Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc.




    Crazy Literary Facts: Shakespeare by Any Other Name

    There are more than 80 variations recorded for the spelling of Shakespeare’s name. In the few original signatures that have survived, Shakespeare spelt his name “Willm Shaksp,” “William Shakespe,” “Wm Shakspe,” “William Shakspere,” ”Willm Shakspere,” and “William Shakspeare”.

    The really surprising thing? There are no records of him ever having spelt it “William Shakespeare”, as we know him today.