Should We Doubt Shakespeare’s Identity?

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Should We Doubt Shakespeare's Identity? Lecture by Bryan H. Wildenthal

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Join us for a friendly and fascinating journey into the authorship question!

More than 400 years after Shakespeare's time, and more than 150 years after modern alternative authorship theories began running riot in the mid-19th century, what do we really know for sure?

Did William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon work with numerous co-authors, most of them uncredited at the time, as most mainstream scholars now argue? Is the case for his primary authorship really as airtight as most mainstream scholars claim? Why have some of the greatest writers, artists, intellectuals, and judicial and political leaders of modern times doubted that traditional story? Was Shakespeare of Stratford a front man for a hidden aristocratic author? What did Ben Jonson know, and slyly hint at? What can the "Shakespeare" plays and poems themselves tell us about this issue?

In his new book, "Early Shakespeare Authorship Doubts", Bryan subjects both the traditional story and the various skeptical theories to careful scrutiny. As it turns out, authorship doubts began arising before, during, and after the time the works of "Shakespeare" were first published in the 1590s!

From whatever starting point you may have on this issue, you may find, as did Bryan himself, and as Hamlet famously suggested to Horatio, that "there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy."

Bryan is Professor of Law Emeritus (and currently Visiting Professor) at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, and also serves as First Vice-President (and Member of the Board of Trustees) of the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship, a national nonprofit educational association devoted to the authorship question and to exploring the evidence supporting Edward de Vere (Earl of Oxford) as author of the Shakespeare canon.

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