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Re: Drama History Analysis 4 years 11 months ago #5510

  • Sally Johnson
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Historically, we need to take the time to look at some facts as far as if Shakespeare were the real author. Here are some interesting facts regarding the matter, and whether or not the Earl of Oxford was indeed the real author:


1920 - J. T. Looney, a Gateshead schoolmaster proposes Oxford as the author behind Shakespeare in his book Shakespeare Identified. His followers have modified the theory to put Oxford at the head of a group of brilliant courtiers who produced the plays as a committee.

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Oxford's biography also fitted the bill, according to Looney. As a courtier he had the necessary intimate knowledge of the monarchy and nobility. His extensive travels had caused him to be mocked as an 'Italianate Englishman'. In 1598, Francis Meres named Oxford as 'The best for Comedy among us', which Looney asserted was evidence for Oxford having written plays - none of which exist under his name, perhaps because they were known under Shakespeare's name?

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Shakespeare's role in the syndicate was as the honest broker that negotiated with theatres and printers for production and publication of the plays. His name became the pseudonym that would protect the true authors form any politically dangerous material that they produced. Shakespeare's acting knowledge may have aided the authors in rendering their literary productions into texts that were suitable for stage performance.
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Re: Drama History Analysis 4 years 11 months ago #5511

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Also, the Earl of Derby was also a candidate:


William Stanley, sixth Earl of Derby was named as a playwright for the public theatre in an intercepted letter of Jesuit spy in the 1590s. Derby was also recorded as travelling from France to Spain around 1583. Although it is not explicitly stated that he went to Navrac, Lefranc thought it likely that he was the true author.


For Titherly, the Shakespeare name was used to protect Derby's dignity and nobility. Before he inherited his earldom, Derby, according to Titherly, had been publishing his poems under his own initials W. S. (William Stanley) and was considering publishing plays for the public theatre.
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