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William Shakespeare, gentleman

On my new Kindle, I’m ready a pithy Shakespeare biography by Bill Bryson. Bryson is one of my favorite authors, writing one of my favorite books of all time – A Short History of Nearly Everything.

Notwithstanding any of this, there are times when you’re reading about a subject and something clicks to help you understand it. Here is an excerpt from Shakespeare that helped me understand the fellow’s significance, speaking about the prosperity of the Latin language in Shakespeare’s day:

Thanks in no small measure to the work Shakespeare and his fellows, English was at last rising to preeminence in the county of its creation. ‘It is telling,’ observes Stanley Wells, ‘ that Shakespeare’s birth is recorded in Latin but that he dies in English, as ‘William Shakespeare, gentleman.’

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