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  1. SubscriberFMF
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    17 Mar '16 05:53
    He was a rustic tradesman from Warwickshire

    No evidence he ever went to school

    He couldn't remember how to spell his own name

    He owned no books

    He wrote no letters and received none from anyone

    He didn't teach his own daughters to read or write (nor his wife)

    No evidence he wrote anything (except - supposedly - the plays and sonnets)

    He is supposed to have referenced works of literature written in multiple languages that he did not speak (Latin, Greek, Italian, French) and that had not yet - at that time - been translated into English

    His son-in-law ~ when writing about writers and poets of his day ~ seemed completely unaware of Shakespeare's alleged feats as a writer

    Never acknowledged or mentioned ~ or feted as the 'best known dramatist of his age' ~ by any literary commentators or diarists during his life time

    And so on...
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    17 Mar '16 06:20
    Originally posted by FMF
    He was a rustic tradesman from Warwickshire

    No evidence he ever went to school

    He couldn't remember how to spell his own name

    He owned no books

    He wrote no letters and received none from anyone

    He didn't teach his own daughters to read or write (nor his wife)

    No evidence he wrote anything (except - supposedly - the plays and sonnets)

    He is s ...[text shortened]... tist of his age' ~ by any literary commentators or diarists during his life time

    And so on...
    Surely his name being on the works as author, is evidence?
  3. Standard memberGrampy Bobby
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    17 Mar '16 06:32
    Originally posted by FMF (OP)
    He was a rustic tradesman from Warwickshire

    No evidence he ever went to school

    He couldn't remember how to spell his own name

    He owned no books

    He wrote no letters and received none from anyone

    He didn't teach his own daughters to read or write (nor his wife)

    No evidence he wrote anything (except - supposedly - the plays and sonnets)

    He is ...[text shortened]... ramatist of his age' ~ by any literary commentators or diarists during his life time

    And so on...
    "When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry." ~William Shakespeare
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    17 Mar '16 06:33
    Originally posted by FMF
    He was a rustic tradesman from Warwickshire

    No evidence he ever went to school

    He couldn't remember how to spell his own name

    He owned no books

    He wrote no letters and received none from anyone

    He didn't teach his own daughters to read or write (nor his wife)

    No evidence he wrote anything (except - supposedly - the plays and sonnets)

    He is s ...[text shortened]... tist of his age' ~ by any literary commentators or diarists during his life time

    And so on...
    His works weren't written by him, but by an other guy named Shakespeare...
  5. SubscriberKewpie
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    17 Mar '16 06:41
    Seems there are just as many "he did it" opinions as there are "he didn't do it" folk.
  6. Standard memberGrampy Bobby
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    17 Mar '16 06:55
    Originally posted by Kewpie
    Seems there are just as many "he did it" opinions as there are "he didn't do it" folk.
    Any idea as to how old he was at the time of his physical death?
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    17 Mar '16 07:21
    Originally posted by Grampy Bobby
    Any idea as to how old he was at the time of his physical death?
    Do you want someone to Google it for you?
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    17 Mar '16 07:23
    Originally posted by divegeester
    Surely his name being on the works as author, is evidence?
    Of course it is evidence. Is it enough though?
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    17 Mar '16 07:30
    Originally posted by Ponderable
    His works weren't written by him, but by an other guy named Shakespeare...
    Whoever the consortium of writers actually were, it is not disputed that the plays were performed and published under his name.
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    17 Mar '16 08:121 edit
    I don't have a problem with naming Shakespeare as the author of all the work. It could be any name at all - it's so far removed from our lives now that the author could be called "Blind Freddy" and it wouldn't make any difference to anyone at all. It's of interest only to a group of people playing name games.
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    17 Mar '16 08:54
    Originally posted by Kewpie
    I don't have a problem with naming Shakespeare as the author of all the work. It could be any name at all - it's so far removed from our lives now that the author could be called "Blind Freddy" and it wouldn't make any difference to anyone at all. It's of interest only to a group of people playing name games.
    I think there are countless academics and writers who have everything invested in their analysis assuming all the work was produced by the same person. Certainly the theory that one man wrote them is a stance replete with vested interests.
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    17 Mar '16 10:41
    Originally posted by FMF
    He was a rustic tradesman from Warwickshire

    No evidence he ever went to school

    He couldn't remember how to spell his own name

    He owned no books

    He wrote no letters and received none from anyone

    He didn't teach his own daughters to read or write (nor his wife)

    No evidence he wrote anything (except - supposedly - the plays and sonnets)

    He is s ...[text shortened]... tist of his age' ~ by any literary commentators or diarists during his life time

    And so on...
    My own opinion is that he was a producer/director.
    A Spielberg of his time.
    Probably re-wrote many of "his" plays as they were performed.
    I think we can safely say he was "responsible" for the plays.
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    Stephen Fry went back in time with a Cambridge University time machine and planted them. 🙄
  14. Standard memberwolfgang59
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    19 Mar '16 00:54
    Originally posted by NoEarthlyReason
    Stephen Fry went back in time with a Cambridge University time machine and planted them. 🙄
    Planted them? He wrote them!
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    19 Mar '16 01:19
    Who is Shakespeare?
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