Et tu, Shakespeare?

Et tu, Shakespeare?

There are 2 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Oct 2, 2007, titled Et tu, Shakespeare?. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

The bard, or not the bard, that is the question. Some of Britain's most distinguished Shakespearean actors have reopened the debate over whether William Shakespeare, a 16th-century commoner raised in an ...

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Ken

Albuquerque, NM

#1 Oct 2, 2007
"And it adds that documents exist for Shakespeare, but all are nonliterary."

This is simply untrue. There are many documents crediting Shakespeare as the writer of the plays. Francis Mere's listing of 12 Shakespeare plays in 1598 being the most famous.
Harry Horton

Raleigh, NC

#2 Oct 6, 2007
Romeo and Juliet, the original English version, was written by Arthur Brooke, sometime in the 1560's or 1550's at earliest. Shakespeare (whoever shakespseare was) followed the original structure of Romeo and Juliet, very meticulously even though alterations were made on the Brooke version. Since Brooke was the surest documented source for this particular work, no scholar has ever made the assertion that the rest of Shakespeare works were written by Arthur Brooke. If these additional works were written by Arthur Brooke, Brooke simply would be the author of the Shakespeare canon. So other people had to be sources for Shakespeare's works. And hence some legitimacy for the Derek Jacobi stance on how these works came into being.

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