Today is William Shakespeare's 450th birthday!
Or ... you know ... would have been if he hadn't died way back then. I feel a deeper connection than ever to Shakespeare, having just finished first-round edits for Anon, Sir, Anon. This story, as most of you know, centers around a murder mystery (or a "murdery" for short) and the detective, Orville Farnham, is a well-known Shakespearean actor. I spent much time in my Shakespeare Quotes section of my Bartlett Book during the writing of Anon, Sir, and I have found his quotes springing to mind in day-to-day conversation which, quite frankly, delights me. So far, my favorite Shakespeare plays are Much Ado About Nothing and Henry V , both for quite different reasons. I just thought I'd throw that rather random and useless bit of information to my public and let you do what you will with it. I did not think Shakespeare's birthday (especially a 450th!) ought to go by without a bit of notice on The Inkpen Authoress, so I am going to take this time to list the things I love about The Bard:
How ever-loving quotable was the man:
The things we say today to which we owe William Shakespeare thanks (or scorn):
The reach and comprehensiveness of his characters, like King Henry V:
(i.e. a blooming good excuse to post an obnoxious amount of Hiddleston pictures)
The Double-Meanings and/or humor of which he was capable, using Elizabethan language:
It was Shakespeare who gave us some of the sweetest marriage proposals ever.
Basically, he deserves quite a lot of cake.