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Why Shakespeare WAS Shakespeare (Kindle Singles) Kindle Edition
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I've always been a staunch ally of the Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare school of thinking. Therefore, didn't need persuading. Will quote SW whenever I come across a sceptic in the future-especially in this 400th year since the great WS (see what I did there) demise.
I read Waugh's book from curiosity. This book I bought because I looked to find sense, and I did. Facts are preferable to theories. I still believe that the plays are more important than knowing who wrote them but then it is books I love, not authors. Thank you, Stanley Wells, for an interesting book. I shall no doubt forget your name, but your words are now in my memory. And I can turn to my Kindle bookshelf when the name escapes me.
This is a very good, succinct, and accurate condensation of the Shakespeare authorship question, one of the longest-running fringe arguments in crank history. I was happy to see that Professor Wells takes on Richard Roe and Diana Price and that he doesn't give the arguments for the individual 'candidates' any more space than they deserve. Without becoming tedious, Professor Wells gives more than sufficient evidence for Shakespeare's authorship that anti-Stratfordians have never successfully rebutted.
The distinctive characteristic of all anti-Stratfordian claims is that they are forced to invent labyrinthine, torturous scenarios to explain the most obvious objections to their assertions, i.e. both Marlowe and Oxford were dead long before half the plays were written. Their method is to peremptorily decide that William Shakespeare couldn't have written the works based on fallacious and (repeatedly) disproved reasoning, and then filling in the blanks they've created with whatever fiction takes their fancy. Not one scrap of evidence has ever been produced pointing to an author other than William Shakespeare, but anti-Stratfordians lack the intellectual honesty to look squarely at the evidence, instead positing a giant conspiracy (or not, depending on the exigencies of the moment) that covered up all the evidence for the true author.
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