On the 23rd Aprile 1616 the world lost 2 great literary men: Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare.

William Shakespeare was an English playwright and poet, regarded as the foremost writer and generally the foremost playwright of Western culture.

He is considered the most representative poet of the English people and nicknamed the “Bard of the Avon” or the “Swan of the Avon”; of his works have been found, including some collaborations, 37 plays, 154 sonnets and a number of other poems. His plays have been translated into all the major languages ​​of the world and have been staged more often than any other opera; he is also the most cited writer in the history of English literature and many of his linguistic expressions have entered everyday English.

Although the exact chronology of his works is still at the center of numerous debates, as well as the authorship of some of them, it is possible to place with sufficient certainty the time of the composition of most of his works in the approximately twenty-five years between 1588 and 1613. He was able to excel in both tragedy and comedy, by combining the popular taste of his time with a complex characterization of the characters, refined poetics, and remarkable philosophical depth.

Despite the fact that he was already popular in life, he became immensely famous after his death and his works were exalted and celebrated by numerous and important personalities in the following centuries. The scarcity of surviving documents concerning his private life has given rise to numerous conjectures regarding his physical appearance, his sexuality, his religious beliefs and even the attribution of his works.

And moreover, there have been some rumors about his possible origins from the city of Messina! His actual name should have been “Scrollalanza”, then translated in “Shake-speare”.

What if it would have really been a Sicilian???

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