An international poll aimed to coincide with Billy Shakes' 450th birthday has determined that Shakespeare himself is the UK’s greatest cultural icon. No surprise there, but who’s the American equivalent? Benjamin Franklin? Muhammad Ali? F. Scott Fitzgerald? Ke$ha?

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In honor of William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, we’ve collected some of our favorite Shakespeare texts, along with articles and essays inspired by the Bard.
The many words and phrases coined by Shakespeare
“All the world’s a stage…”
Shakespearean Swag: Our Top Annotations
“To be or not to be, that is the question…”
Solving some of Shakespeare’s mysteries

I’m always very happy when I’m traveling to know that the pilots are better pilots than I am a writer. —Gabriel García Márquez

We humbly disagree: García Márquez was one of the twentieth century’s master novelists. But what is literary mastery? And how does it differ from genius? A tribute to the late, great Gabo.