WHO Wrote Shakespeare?

28 Oct

There’s a new movie coming out called Anonymous which will explain to all of us how Shakespeare’s plays were really written by Edward De Vere. Come on, guys. Edward De Vere was cute as a button and he could write passable sonnets, and — wait for it — he did know Shakespeare. But that basically is all the evidence there is. Everything else is willful misreadings of things in the plays to find secret clues where De Vere is supposedly announcing his authorship. The Da Vinci Code for theatre buffs.

But why stop there? I’ve decided to write up a theory that the plays of Christopher Marlowe were written by Truman Capote. And who says Moby-Dick wasn’t written by Ernest Hemingway? And Zelda FitzGerald must have written the novels of Jane Austen during her lucid periods. She wrote Wuthering Heights during her non-lucid periods.

Anybody else want to play? Who really wrote what?

2 Responses to “WHO Wrote Shakespeare?”

  1. Howard Schumann October 29, 2011 at 4:41 pm #

    Because you haven’t taken the time and energy to research the evidence that Edward de Vere was the true author of the Shakespeare canon, it does not mean that the evidence isn’t strong, and even compelling. Incidentally, there is no evidence that Oxford knew Shakespeare, or, for that matter, than anyone knew Shakespeare. No one during his lifetime ever claimed to have the man.

    The Shakespeare plays and poems show that the author had specific knowledge of certain works of literature, certain prominent persons in Elizabeth’s court, and events connected with them. In the sonnets and the plays there are frequent references to events that are paralleled in Oxford’s life.

    For example, in ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL

    Oxford became a ward of court in Lord Burghley’s household at the age of twelve. Oxford left his widowed mother to become a royal ward.

    Bertram left his widowed mother to become a royal ward.

    Oxford’s guardian’s daughter fell in love with him and wanted to be married.

    Bertram’s foster-sister fell in love with him and wanted to be married.

    Oxford was of more noble birth than Anne and did not favor marriage.

    Bertram argued he was of too high birth for marriage.

    Following an ailment, marriage was agreed and the Queen consented to Oxford’s marriage.

    Following an illness, the King consented to the marriage.

    The wedding was at first postponed, no reason was given.

    Bertram attempted to change the King’s mind regarding his marriage.

    After the wedding, Oxford suddenly left the country.

    After the wedding, Bertram suddenly left the country.

    A reconciliation between Oxford and Anne is contrived by switching his bed companion for his wife. As a result, a son is born. Confirmation of this reconciliation appears in The Histories of Essex by Morant and Wright: 1836.

    A reconciliation between Bertram and Helena is contrived by switching his bed companion for his wife. As a result, a son is born.

    Coincidence? I don’t think so.

    • douglasrees October 29, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

      Thanks for posting. If you were familiar with my work, you might be less confident that I have “not taken the time or energy” to research De Vere’s life. What is apparent is that you have no great knowledge of the life of Shakespeare, as your comment that no one ever claimed to have spoken to him proves. And your notion that Al’s Well That Ends Well proves De Vere’s authorship could just as easily prove that Shakespeare was a calls-A gossip, not that any correspondences between De Vere’s life and the play prove anything. But it is fun, isn’t

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