For all time

April 23 is a crossover point between English and Spanish culture. The deaths of William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes are believed to have occurred on that day 408 years ago. Although they may have actually died a few days apart, the coincidence is striking: two literary giants who can both claim a huge and lasting influence over culture and language, living and dying in synchronicity. Shakespeare’s contemporary, Ben Johnson, wrote of him “he was not of an age, but for all time”. He could easily have said just the same about Cervantes!

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