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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

What a Piece of Work is . . . Woman?

When it comes to the question of who really wrote Shakespeare, I would have to say that I am prettty firmly in the majority camp that believes that Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare. Discrepancies in writing style can be explained away by an author exploring his voice. Similarities in theme and plot to other works can be excused under the quote that Pablo Picasso may or may not have uttered: "Good artists borrow. Great artists steal."
However, I can certainly see the Anti-Stratfordians' view, and I do see a measure of plausibility in the "Shakespeare by Marlowe" argument, in that it is possible that 19th century Romantics - anxious to satisfy their appetites for the works of the Bard - could have mistakenly lumped in some uncredited Marlowe works with those of the Stratfordian.
However, I'm not ready to join the ranks of the doubters just yet.
Whichever side of the argument you fall upon, here's an interesting article about someone who posits a new theory: the Shakespearian canon was written by a woman - a Jewish woman.

Amelia Bassano Lanier

1 comment:

John said...

Thank you. The Oxfordian article and other details can be found at