Resolving the Authorship Issue
Maybe it's all coincidence.
Maybe Oxford's life just happens to fit perfectly the profile of Shakespeare that would be drawn by someone who had read the works of Shakespeare but who, one might imagine, had never heard of Will Shakspere of Stratford-on-Avon. Maybe some other lord would fit just as well, if he could be found.
Maybe all the parallels in Shakespeare's works to specific events and relationships in Oxford's life are simply happenstance. Maybe Polonius is not Burghley, and Hamlet only seems to be autobiographical.
Maybe Will Shakspere took an incredibly keen interest in the private and public lives of Oxford and Burghley in some way that no one has discovered.
Maybe it's coincidental that Oxford's sons-in-law were closely involved with Ben Jonson in publishing the First Folio of Shakespeare's plays. Maybe the ambiguities in the prefatory letters and verses to the First Folio are just poetic license, innocent of any significance.
Maybe the plays of Oxford under his own name (not being those of Shakespeare) were simply lost or discarded by the acting companies and never printed, even though he was extolled as an excellent playwright.
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Publication information: Book title: Shakespeare--Who Was He?The Oxford Challenge to the Bard of Avon. Contributors: Richard F. Whalen - Author. Publisher: Praeger. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 1994. Page number: 127.
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