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  •  Yes, people who claim he didn't write the plays (8+ / 0-)

    It comes in at about the same ratio as climate deniers: 97% of scientists support human-caused climate change. And even higher proportion of scholars support Shakespeare. I think there are about three who don't, and they all work for one small college that's run by a Shakespeare denier.

    The basic idea of the deniers is that Shakespeare couldn't have had enough education to be able to write the plays. Actually, we know quite a lot about that school in Stratford, with which Shakespeare's father was directly involved. There was a surge of good education at about that time that produced very good schools, and Stratford was one of the good ones. Also, we can follow the development of his plays by following the stock in his Stratford friend's London bookshop (can't remember the guy's name right off the top of my head--Richard somebody, I think). There are records.

    So there's the basic premise of their argument refuted, right there.

    I could go on. And on. And on. But I have to hit the road.

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    by Fonsia on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 01:03:42 PM PST

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    •  Did you use Isaac Asimov's point about astronomy? (0+ / 0-)

      In an essay about Shakespeare-deniers, he cites the line in "Romeo and Juliet" about "every star moving in its own orb" to show that Shakespeare did not have ENOUGH formal education to realize that, in his day, the official science said that the STARS were fixed to the largest and final sphere (or orb) and were NOT separate bodies.

      Only someone with an in depth knowledge about BOTH the humanities and science, including the HISTORY OF SCIENCE, would have caught that!

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