I have to be honest and show my ignorance on this topic.
Id heard rumours that Shakespeare may not have written some or all of his works but I didnt know the evidence.
Ive spent the last 2 days reading up on this and Im amazed.
Basically there is no evidence that Shakespeare could even write let alone was the author of his works.
Most what suggests him being the writer is :
- The simlar name (born as Shakspere, often spelled differently)
- Warwickshire references.
After that, nothing suggests the guy that wrote anything. We know he was an actor and left little in his will relating to plays.
It is highly possible that Shake-speare was used as a pen name by someone far more travelled and educated than a travelling actor and the work has been incorrectly attributed.
I dont think there is evidence to say for sure who the 'real' playwright was, so therefore it must stay with William of Stratford. However, I think it unlikely that it was him, though there isnt enough to conclusively prove and change history.
Im sure everyone already knew all this, I just took me by suprise.