Who wrote shakespeare?

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1. Find other candidates not already discovered in the background section and list why they should be considered as contenders.

Edward de Vere was a contemporary of Shakespeare. He is strongly advised as the true author of Shakespeare’s plays. He is suspected because he was very well educated, and he was a well traveled nobleman of queen Elizabeth’s court. He had written plays that were very similar to the plays that were written by Shakespeare.

2. What is the controversy that surrounds Shakespeare's bust and its inscription as it applies to Sir Francis Bacon?

The controversy with Francis bacon is that his works and plays had a much different style than the plays that were written by Shakespeare. He had also written many works of his own, so many that it is hard to believe that he would have had enough spare time to write “Shakespeare’s” plays.

3. What did Mark Twain have to say about the debate issue?

He thought that Eary had written the plays.

4. Why should the Marlow spy theory be reviewed?

It should be reviewed

5. How has technology, most notably the computer, made its presence known in this controversy?

6. What type of logic/illogic is used to support these claims?

1. What association to Shakespeare is presented by the Marlowe Society that leads one to believe that Christopher Marlowe's death is associated with Shakespeare's writings?

The Marlowe society asks if Marlowe really did die at Deptfort in 1593.

2. What role did the British government play in Marlowe's death?

A British government agent was at the house where Marlowe was murdered. Marlowe was arrested for Atheism, but was granted bail on the condition that he reported to the Court daily. On the day his bail ran out, Marlowe left Scadbury to go to Deptfort to meet with 4 men, the government agent, his business agent, and a spy who was the government agent's assistant.

3. Was Marlowe really a heretic?

In 1593, Richard Blame filed a document with the councilors that accused Marlowe of being a heretic, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

4. What similarities exist between Marlowe's writing and Shakespeare's writing? (Consider style and structure)

The Marlowe Society points out the many similarities between events in Marlowe's life and lines in Shakespeare's sonnets.

5. What type of logic/illogic is used to support these claims?

The society uses many different examples of Shakespeare's sonnets, like in sonnet 74, the lines that fell arrest, / Without all bail, don't refer to any event in Shakespeare's life, because he was never arrested.


  1. Many authorities have made claims that De Vere more than anyone is most closely related to being the author of the Shakespearean collection. Why?

  1. What are some of the coincidental connections between the Earl of Oxford and Shakespeare? Are these connections strong enough to support Oxfordian Claims?

  • Earl of Oxford was a leading patron of Shakespeare’s theater.

  • De Vere’s grandfather was Shakespeare’s tutor

  • Edward De Vere was creative inspiration behind First Folio

Yes, these claims are strong enough to support Oxfordian claims.

  1. What problems exist between the authorship of the Shakespearean poems and plays?

  • Shakespeare was uneducated

  • No records can be found of “Shakespeare”

  1. What similarities exist between DeVere's writing and Shakespeare's writing? (consider style and structure) Their writing style is very similar.

  1. What type of logic/illogic is used to support the Oxfordian claims?

  • De Vere’s creative talents

  • De Vere’s grandfather was Shakespeare’s tutor


1. How is the spelling and pronunciation of Shakespeare's name important to investigate?
There were two different ways that the plays of Shakespeare were written. On of the ways that his name was written was Shaksper and the other way it was spelled was Shakespeare. This is a problem because of the debate over his works. This is important to investigate because the works written by him, might have been written by someone who spells his name similarly to him.
2. What are the Oxfordian claims that Shakespeare is responsible for everything he produced? Can these claims be refuted? The claims that he is responsible for everything that he wrote is that his works were so great and that he was such a great person, that no one would try to impersonate him. The claims can be refuted because he spelled his name different, and there is no proof that the poet “shakesper” and the real author Shakespeare were different or same people.

3. Why is it important to preserve the authorship status of William Shakespeare?

It s important to preserve the authorship status of Shakespeare because we want to know who really wrote the poems and stories that were “written by him”, and if they were really written by him.

4. What is the most convincing evidence that leads us to believe that Shakespeare, did in fact, write Shakespeare?

The most convincing fact that Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare is that the other people in that time would have been going against the Queens code if they tried to make their works his.

5. What type of logic/illogic is used to support these claims?

Some of he illogic that supports that claim is that the authors that could have impersonated him, could have been willing to break the queens code, but some of the logic is that they would have wanted their works credited under their names.


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Pressley, J. M. The Authorship Debate. 15 Nov. 2005. Shakespeare Resource

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