Jeff, this is for you

Who was Shakespeare?


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25 thoughts on “Jeff, this is for you

  1. john zande says:


    While I’m not a fan of his works, King Lear was exceptional, and it blew my mind when I first read it (and had it explained).

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  2. judyt54 says:

    This is fascinating. While reading it, I thought of Terry Pratchett, and the number of ‘impersonations’ he inserts into his books, from Angua being a werewolf, to the dwarves who are originally allowed to be female in secret until they finally come out as women–also an entire book called ‘Monstrous Regiment” which at the end turns out to be an entire regiment of females passing as men. I wonder at his connections to Shakespeare in just that way, as he does also parody several of the plays.
    Could he be telling us something, too. about Shakespeare’s plays as written by a woman?

    Even as late as the 30s and 40s in science fiction many women used male pseuds to get their work published, since it was not felt that women could write SF. Sigh.

    And the female connection, considering the times involved, makes perfect sense.

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  3. I saw this a few days ago. I’ll tell you, not that it really matters to me, no serious Shakespeare scholar thinks anyone but Shakespeare, and, in a few cases, a few collaborators, wrote “Shakespeare”. I’ve dozens of scholarly, read boring, essays and articles as to why this is true, but, no one, and I mean NO ONE, who proposes these alternate stories ever wants to read them. They are, after all, scholarly works, and, like I said, boring. I love Shakespeare’s works no matter who wrote them. I’ve no personal connection to whomever the person was. I do, however, expect strong evidence for hypotheses claiming someone else secretly wrote these works, and I’ve yet to see it, because, in a nutshell, as much as some would like to think otherwise, Shakespeare just isn’t that important AND was even less important at the time.
    Play-writes and actors were looked at as scum of the earth back in the day, and “Shakespeare” was just a man/person and not looked at as a god or a “super-talented” human being as he is by some today. He was, however, VERY financially successful and made a shit-ton of cash. The “regular” folks of the day liked his plays like many do today. Thus, they survived and are still played today. It is highly unlikely a woman would EVER be let anywhere near the stage back in Elizabethan England let alone writing plays to be performed on them. Sexism is too kind a word to describe how such a thing would have been looked upon back then, even by men in Shakespeare’s troop.
    Again, scholars are actually learning year by year that some of Shakespeare’s works Richard the 3rd and the Henry the 6th plays, I believe, though I may be wrong on these titles, were collaborations between William, whoever he was, and Thomas Middleton and perhaps Marlowe. Plays were written back then, some plays anyway, the same way modern screenplays are: more than one writer took a pass on some of them, and this is reflected in the finished work. If this is true, and it most likely is, then many writers would have to be lying about who the “real” Shakespeare was. This didn’t happen. Why would it?
    No one effing CARED back then. It just was NOT that important. Were Shakespeare’s plays entertaining? Yes. Enjoyable? Yes. Did they make him rich so he could buy multiple properties of which we have records? Yes. But was Shakespeare thought of as a god or a superman of writing? No. Well, no more than Quintin Tarantino is today.
    I’ve not yet read theories about why Quintin Tarantino isn’t really writing his own screenplays, he never even finished grade school, you know, but I’m sure, in time, such nonsense will start. After all, if Tarantino’s movies are still popular in a hundred years, maybe he’ll then be elevated to god-like status, too. And we all know, gods always finish grade school or they wouldn’t be smart enough to write the screenplays Tarantino did. So, who REALLY wrote Tarantino’s movies, eh?

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