Of Shakespeare and Conspiracies: The Real Stakes of the "Who Was Shakespeare?" Debate

Somewhere, Oliver Stone is smiling. The new Roland Emmerich-directed film Anonymous opened in U.S. theaters recently, giving anti-Stratfordians their own version of Stone's JFK, i.e., a fictional account of a popular conspiracy theory. The adjective "anti-Stratfordian" describes anyone who believes that the man who hailed from Stratford-upon-Avon, William Shakespeare, did not write the 30+ plays and numerous poems attributed to him. Anonymous goes further and portrays Edward de Vere, the 17th … [Read more...]