The William Shaksper born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564 was given the credit of Shakespeare’s work seven years after his death. William lived in a small town where there were few educated men. (James/Rubinstein 1) His parents were unable to read or write, which greatly hinders the idea that they educated him at home. (James/Rubinstein 1) We lack proof that William or his family owned any books or read any. (James/Rubinstein 6) We are lead to believe that he did attend a free school until he was about the age of twelve. There isn’t any documentation to support this, besides the words of his first biographer. (James/Rubinstein 4) There isn’t any documentation that he attended any school after the age of 12 either. (James/Rubinstein 1) We are sure that he was a businessman, landowner, and owned shares in a London theater. (James/Rubinstein 3) There isn’t any proof that he actually wrote any playwrights for the company nor performed in any. Over the years, we are still unable to find any proof that he wrote Shakespeare’s work or was even a writer of any kind. (James/Rubinstein 17) We have found six signatures belonging to William Shaksper of Stratford and none of them match each other or spelt like Shakespeare‘s name. (A...
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...ualities to be the true Shakespeare.
We all have a different belief on who Shakespeare is. Without concrete evidence we will never be sure. I am thankful that the work was written and shared with us. I am only sorry that someone felt they had to hide their work. Hopefully this authorship question teaches us not to judge others. Shakespeare had powerful words that has changed the world.
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Blumenfeld, Samuel L. The Marlowe-Shakespeare Connection : a New Study of the Authorship Question. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2008. Print.
James, Brenda, and W. D. Rubinstein. The Truth Will out : Unmasking the Real Shakespeare. New York: Harper Perennial, 2007. Print.
Reed, Edwin. Coincidences, Bacon and Shakespeare,. Boston: Coburn Pub., 1906. Print.
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