An argument against the identity of william shakespeare

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However, textual evidence from the late plays indicates that Shakespeare's collaborators were not always aware of what Shakespeare had done in a previous scene, and that they were following a rough outline rather than working from an unfinished script left by a long-dead playwright. Shakspere were otherwise sound, the problems in these four areas would hardly matter. Shakspere's fellow actors. Why here's our fellow Shakespeare puts them all down. Of Shakespeare, he writes: Our modern poets to that pass are driven, Those names are curtailed which they first had given; And, as we wished to have their memories drowned, We scarcely can afford them half their sound. Join our site and tell us about it! Anti-Stratfordians say that nothing in the documentary record explicitly identifies Shakespeare as a writer; [58] that the evidence instead supports a career as a businessman and real-estate investor; that any prominence he might have had in the London theatrical world aside from his role as a front for the true author was because of his money-lending, trading in theatrical properties, acting, and being a shareholder. Short on individualizing facts, they gave us generalized superlatives that describe the author, not the man. Why did he never mention Stratford, and never write a play that seems to reflect his own life experiences? These four reasons would seem to amount to a prima facie case for Mr. The historical record is unequivocal in assigning the authorship of the Shakespeare canon to a William Shakespeare. One letter addressed to Mr. Not only does he mistake the scansion of many classical names, in Troilus and Cressida he has Greeks and Trojans citing Plato and Aristotle a thousand years before their births. Further, much contemporaneous evidence that has come to light seems at odds with his having been Shakespeare. It can never be definitively proved one way or the other - the historical evidence may well be lost for ever - but it seems to me that the authorship theory is mainly based on preconceptions of what people expect Shakespeare to be; their own personal idea of him.

This is where the implications for people reading Shakespeare today years on are most important. Shakspere as a writer during his lifetime; and when he died inno one seemed to notice. However, textual evidence from the late plays indicates that Shakespeare's collaborators were not always aware of what Shakespeare had done in a previous scene, and that they were following a rough outline rather than working from an unfinished script left by a long-dead playwright.

Why is there disagreement about who wrote shakespeares plays?

Two of the three Parnassus plays produced at St John's College, Cambridge , near the beginning of the 17th century mention Shakespeare as an actor, poet, and playwright who lacked a university education. However, nothing in the contemporaneous documentary evidence of his life confirms the Folio testimony. The result determined that none of the other tested claimants' work could have been written by Shakespeare, nor could Shakespeare have been written by them, eliminating all of the claimants whose known works have survived—including Oxford, Bacon, and Marlowe—as the true authors of the Shakespeare canon. Instead, his classical allusions rely on the Elizabethan grammar school curriculum. It can never be definitively proved one way or the other - the historical evidence may well be lost for ever - but it seems to me that the authorship theory is mainly based on preconceptions of what people expect Shakespeare to be; their own personal idea of him. More recently, Emilia Bassano has been the focus of renewed research. Lewis F. Mr William Shakespeare his historye of Kynge Lear as yt was played before the kinges maiestie at Whitehall vppon St Stephans night at Christmas Last by his maiesties servantes playinge vsually at the globe on the Banksyde vj d [83] This latter appeared on the title page of King Lear Q1 as "M.

Nobody, including literary contemporaries, ever recognized Mr. Share via Email Why should we care if William Shakespeare wrote all those plays himself, or not?

The absence of documentary proof of Shakespeare's education is often a part of anti-Stratfordian arguments.

One is dated 23 August and entered by Andrew Wise and William Aspley : Entred for their copies vnder the handes of the wardens. Those pro-Will say that some of Shakespeare's contemporaries mention him in their writings; the naysayers counter that they only refer to him as an actor, never explicitly as a playwright.

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There clearly is doubt, as a matter of empirical fact — reasonable doubt, expressed by very credible people. Possibly to avoid an arrest warrant for that anti-religious writing.

It is very unusual that the identity of such a great writer would depend so heavily on posthumous evidence.

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How did he become so familiar with all things Italian that even obscure details in these plays are accurate? Some more famous names, like Mark Twain, Charles Dickens and Orson Welles, also lent their posthumous support in a list of people who expressed their own doubts about the Bard when they were alive. They certainly were not itemized in his will. Lewis F. Twoo bookes. It neither names, nor quotes from, any of the works; and it never mentions poetry, plays, acting or theater. Anti-Stratfordians have cast suspicion on these bequests, which were interlined , and claim that they were added later as part of a conspiracy. Shakspere's own hand has ever been found. The First Folio testimony does point to Shakspere as the author, but should this be taken at face value? Thousands of books and articles have been devoted to the subject, many of which propose their own candidates for the true author of the Shakespeare canon. The ciphers fit the pattern of wordplay that was widely in evidence amongst writers during the Elizabethan era : they are simple in construction and all of immediate significance to the recipient … My contention is that Edward de Vere was simply entertaining the recipient while avoiding explicitly naming himself in order to prevent a possible embarrassment over the intensely personal nature of the poems. For anybody living in Stratford, who may have known him, the epitaph could appear to say no such thing. This is where the implications for people reading Shakespeare today years on are most important. Shakspere of Stratford with the author William Shakespeare. Shakspere's name was never hyphenated in other contexts, such as his business dealings in Stratford.

Shakspere among them for any length of time.

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The Shakespeare Authorship Controversy