William Shakespeare is Britain's national poet, the world's most performed and translated playwright. He was born about 450 years ago - on 23 April 1564 to be exact - the same year as Galileo. He died about 400 years ago - on 23 April 1616 - the same day as Miguel de Cervantes whose Don Quixote is considered to be the first modern European novel. He added hundreds of words to the English language; coined expressions that anyone who speaks English probably uses every day – made a virtue of necessity, dead as a doornail, fair play, neither here nor there - and wrote plays that still inspire audiences of every generation and in every language spoken on the planet.
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