Is it True What They Say About Shakespeare? Hardcover – 10 May 2007
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Stanley Wells answers authoritatively and fully questions such as: Is it true that ...Shakespeare didn't actually write his plays at all? he left his wife the second best bed? his wife was pregnant when they were married? he died on his birthday? he was illiterate and uneducated, from peasant stock? he was caught deer-poaching? he was an actor as well as a playwrite? he became very right and a major landowner? the most famous portrait of him is not of him at all? You will find here the answer to every one of those regularly occurring questions and the correction to every fallacy about our most important writer.
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Many of these statements are indeed accurate: some are probably or possible but unproven: some are highly unlikely: and a large number are dismissed as "not true", "nonsense", "pure fiction" or in one case with the words "Need you ask?"
(That particular response is given to the allegation that Shakespeare had an affair with the Countess of Southanpton, which had it been true might have made him the direct ancestor of Prince William and Prince Harry. Princess Diana was descended from the Countess's daughter Penelope. Lest anyone misunderstand, Wells thinks the allegation is nonsensical.)
Includes assessments of the various candidates for the true identity of Shakespeare's "Dark Lady" of the sonnets, if she really existed, and it sounds like Dr Martha Jones is more likely than any of them ...
Also devotes eighteen pages to demolishing or rebutting some of the theories putting forward someone other than William Shakespeare (and apart from his acknowledged co-authors) as the real author of his plays. Apparently there have been more than 60 other people put forward as the "real author" of the plays generally attributed to Shakespeare.
The claims, or lack of them, of six of the better known candidates, such as Marlowe, Francis Bacon, and the Earl of Oxford are discussed in more detail.Read more ›
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