Did Shakespeare Really Write Shakespeare?

The Burlington Historical Society is hosting a talk on whether William Shakespeare really wrote the works we all attribute to him.

The following is a release from Mary Nohelty, President of the Burlington Historical Society:

David Kruh, historian and author, will tell the story of one man's search for the "real" author of the works attributed to William Shakespeare.  How could William Shakespeare, a man who never sailed, have written with such accuracy about sailing in the tempest?  Or how - without studying law - written with such insight about lawyers, courts and legal issues in plays such as Henry IV? 

The answer, some say, is that he couldn't and didn't.  In 1916 a Boston man went to court to prove that someone other than Shakespeare wrote all those great works.

Before you laugh...He won the case.

Hope to see you at what appears to be an interesting evening with David Kruh.  The Historical Society always welcomes new members.  The guest fee is only $2.00. Refreshments will be available after the program.  We are a non-profit organization.

The meeting will be held at the Kelly-Murray Wing of the Human Services  Center at 61 Center Street in Burlington on Thursday, September 6. Doors will be open at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7:00 p.m.

Richard Agemo October 02, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Asking "Did Shakespeare Write Shakespeare?" is like asking "Did Twain write Twain?" or "Did Orwell write Orwell?" The last name of William of Stratford-upon-Avon was Shakspere, not Shakespeare. William of Stratford never spelled his name "Shakespeare," and neither did his birth, marriage, or funeral records. The hyphen in "Shake-speare," as the name appears on published quartos of the plays, is a sure sign that the name was a pseudonym, as was the practice with noms de plume in Elizabethan times. The theory that William Shakspere was the frontman for the person using the pseudonym William Shakes-speare has found wide support among many serious thinkers, including two time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough and several U.S. Supreme Court Justices who have examined the evidence. There's an example from our own times of an author employing a real person to play him using the author's pseudonym. Once one reads the amazing story of French novelist Romaine Gary (alias Emile Ajar), the idea that somebody (e.g., Edward de Vere) hired William Shakspere to play William Shakes-speare doesn't seem far-fetched. Richard Agemo


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