The Shakespeare Authorship Debate

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The Shakespeare Authorship Debate

Although William Shakespeare is considered to be one of the most revered and well-renowned authors of all time, controversy surrounds the belief that he actually produced his own literary works. Some rumors even go so far as to question the reality of such a one, William Shakespeare, brought on by paralleling the quality of his pieces with his personal background and education. With such farfetched allegations, it persuaded others to peek into the person we all are taught to learn as “Shakespeare”, but who is actually the person behind these genius works of literary promise and enlightenment? To some, Shakespeare is as much accredited to his works as frequently as you see his name placed. To others, Shakespeare is a complex enigma into which we the people are supposed to unravel; the true author behind a falsely-given pseudonym. The debate pertaining to the true authorship of William Shakespeare’s works are still questioned in today’s society.

Due to the confusion of a minor mistake from Shakespeare’s time, his true birth date, along with where his education took place remains a mystery. The only things that biographers have to hold onto are suspicions as to where these events could’ve been observed. His suspected is birthday is observed by the public as Saint George’s Day, April 23rd. With only a day given, his exact birth year remains a questionable theory. It is believed that Shakespeare actually attended the school closest to his home in Stratford, known as the “King’s New School”, where he studies grammar. He didn’t choose to continue his studies by going forward into a university. Since there is hardly any factual information about Shakespeare, due to a slight “error”, suspicion arises. ...

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...est writers of all time to most. But to others, this conundrum will continue throughout the parallels of the universe as long as time itself continues.

Works Cited

"Controversies." British Writers: Supplement 16. Ed. Jay Parini. Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2010. 238. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 13 Feb. 2012.

J. M. Pressley and the Shakespeare Resource Center. The Authorship Debate. Shakespeare Resource Center. February 5, 2012

“Oxford Authorship Argument.” Absolute Shakespeare. 2000-2005. The Oxford arguments: Why Shakespeare could not have authored his works.

Earl Staelin. The Case for Edward DeVere, The 17th Earl Of Oxford As Shakespeare. November 8, 2002.

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