The Bard, or not The Bard

Coalition aims to expose Shakespeare
By D'ARCY DORAN, Associated Press Writer

LONDON - The bard, or not the bard, that is the question.

Some of Britain's most distinguished Shakespearean actors have reopened the debate over whether William Shakespeare, a 16th century commoner raised in an illiterate household in Stratford-upon-Avon, wrote the plays that bear his name.

Acclaimed actor Derek Jacobi and Mark Rylance, the former artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe Theater in London, unveiled a "Declaration of Reasonable Doubt" on the authorship of Shakespeare's work Saturday, following the final matinee of "I am Shakespeare," a play investigating the bard's identity, in Chichester, southern England.

A small academic industry has developed around the effort to prove that Shakespeare, a provincial lad, could not have written the much-loved plays, with their expertise on law, ancient and modern history and mathematics. Read more here.

1 comment:

  1. So basically, they claim an ordinary bloke couldn't possibly be that smart? Please excuse me, I think I feel Academia poking my ribs and rubbing ash in my face again...


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