Shakespeare’s profession was acting, not writing. He did write 37 plays and 154 sonnets in his lifetime, but he was also known to frequently act in his own plays (as well as in plays by other writers).
Shakespeare quotes are the second most commonly used in the English language, coming in second place only to the Bible.
The amount of suicides in Shakespeare’s plays number an unlucky 13, with, of course, the suicides in Romeo and Juliet being among them.
When Charles was just a boy, his father was sent to debtor’s prison and Charles had to go work in a shoe polish factory as a result. He spent three years there and garnered a lot of experiences which he later passed into his stories and novels.
It is believed that Dickens had a mild case of OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). He was known to rearrange his furniture several times throughout the day and comb his hair excessively.
Dickens’ novelThe Old Curiosity Shop was published in serial form and gained such a following which was not replicated until the release of the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Apparently, thousands of fans gathered on the docks to greet the ship bringing in the last installment of Dickens’ book and shouted out to the sailors, desperate to know the ending to the story.