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Stratford? Or Nah?

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Zackery Calder

on 11 February 2018

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Stratford? Or Nah?
By Zack Calder
Shakespeare Speculation
Ralph Waldo Emerson might be a bit uppity

Historical criticism=messy

Dissent spread widely in 19th century
Hides, Wools, and Gloves
Smart Cookie? or Creative Cookie?
Social Climber
always a peasant?

old money vs. new money

Honor to the name
King Edward VI Grammar School
High quality education

Not referred to as a learned writer

Plays had historical errors
Greeks & Trojans citing Aristotle and Plato?

Thesaurus Linguae Romanae et Britannicae (1565)
The Name Game
The Player

The Gent

The Poet

The Playwright?

Coat of Arms
Father fought for coat of arms
"Mean Persons"
Sir William Ditheck
Ralph Brooke
Shakespeare the Player
Shakespeare, Gent from Stratford

Should I even CARE?
speculation about other potential authors is often subjectively based on this
"Sweet Swan of Avon! what a sight it were
To see thee in our waters yet appear,
And make those flights upon the banks of Thames,
That so did take Eliza, and our James!"

Ben Johnson
, To the Reader
Mourning the Bard
argumentum ex silentio
absence of evidence

evidence of absence
so basically...Stratfordians rule, eat it nerds
Gibson, H. N. (1962). The Shakespeare Claimants. Routledge Library Editions – Shakespeare. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-35290-1. 20 December 2010.
London, Jumana Farouky /. “The Mystery of Shakespeare's Identity.” Time, Time Inc., 13 Sept. 2007, content.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,1661619,00.html.
Martin, Milward W. (1965). Was Shakespeare Shakespeare? A Lawyer Reviews the Evidence. New York: Cooper Square Press.OCLC 909641.
Matus, Irvin L. (1994). Shakespeare, IN FACT. Continuum Publishing. ISBN 978-0-8264-0624-8.
McCrum, Robert. “How 'Sherlock of the library' cracked the case of Shakespeare's identity.” The Observer, Guardian News and Media, 7 Jan. 2017, www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/jan/08/sherlock-holmes-of-the-library-cracks-shakespeare-identity.
Montague, William Kelly (1963). The Man of Stratford—The Real Shakespeare. Vantage Press. OCLC 681431.

Who it's NOT
Sir Francis Bacon?
. . .Busy
Christopher Marlowe?
. . .Stabbed, 1593
Who it's NOT
Queen Elizabeth I?
Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford?
Occam's Razor:
Simplest answer is usually right
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