Shakespeare--Who Was He? The Oxford Challenge to the Bard of Avon

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Chapter Four
The Case for Will Shakspere as
Author

For nearly four hundred years, Will Shakspere of Stratford-on- Avon, the man of mundane inconsequence in the documentary record, has remained on his pedestal as the author of the works of Shakespeare. There must be a reason.

Similarity of name has been crucial. Its importance should not be underestimated. In conventional scholarship, the name Shakespeare is simply one of many spellings that were common for the times. After all, Christopher Marlowe's name was spelled more than a dozen different ways; two spellings appear in a single sentence in a legal document. Edward de Vere, seventeenth earl of Oxford, spelled his title at least five different ways, including Oxinforde.

So, the scholars conclude, Shakespeare/Shakspere, no matter what the spelling, wrote the poems and plays. The distinctive pattern in the different spellings--one usage for the man from Stratford and the other for the author--is not considered significant, when considered at all. The general reader, interested primarily in the poems and plays, seldom has any reason to question the assumption that the man from Stratford-on-Avon whose name was usually spelled Shakspere was the same man as the poet/dramatist known uniformly as Shakespeare.

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