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About Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson wrote, “Why clasp any hand but this?”

In addition to wanting to "clasp Shakespeare's hand," Dickinson wrote, "Why is any other book needed?" Readers have felt that way for centuries. His plays are performed more than any other writer's. His sonnets set the standard for all poetry that came after. His writing has been translated into every major language and is taught in every school. "Wild-goose chase." "Green-eyed monster." "Love is blind." "Break the ice." Shakespeare coined them all. And many other expressions we use every day. There is a monument to him in the Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey. But he lies buried in Stratford-upon-Avon, his bones protected by a curse from being disturbed. Shakespeare is, not surprisingly, one of our most popular stickers. It is made of...

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