The Shakespeare works display such polish and cultivation that many have found it hard to attribute them to their reputed author, the man who is buried in Stratford-on- Avon. The problem is not merely a literary one; the question of the identity of the author of the plays is also one of evidence, and therefore within the province of lawyers.
The American Bar Association Journal ordinarily publishes material of interest primarily to the legal profession, but in the February, 1959, issue "Elizabethan Whodunit: Who Was 'William Shake-Speare'?" appeared and started a flood of letters and articles on the authorship of the Shakespeare works.
Some of the comments received took the Philistine position that this was not the sort of article the Journal should publish; far more were enthusiastic about the series and many suggested that it be published in book form.
Here it is.
TAPPAN GREGORY Editor-in-Chief
Chicago, Illinois March 1, 1961