"What's in a name?" one of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers asked. When it comes to the identity of the greatest writer in the English language, a great deal. That mantle has long been bestowed on a glover's son from Stratford-Upon-Avon. But since the 19th century, there have been doubts over William Shakespeare's identity as the writer of the works attributed to the playwright. Was the Bard from Stratford a front for another writer? Was he just one participant in a collective group of writers? Or was he a she?
The Stratfordian position
William Shakespeare wrote the plays that bear his name. Any claims otherwise are Much Ado About Nothing.
It is there in black and white
So far, no authorship theory has presented stronger evidence than the name written on the works in black and white.
Shakespeare’s detailed will makes no mention of books or literature
Shakespeare’s will was meticulous in its details and he seemed to divide all of his materialistic possessions between his children. However, not a single book, manuscript, or instrument was mentioned, though, his supposed writings were filled with them.
Scholars have stated that many of Shakespeare’s female characters are given opportunities to demonstrate intelligence and possess a great amount of boldness; these are qualities that were, during Shakespeare’s time, largely associated with male characters.
Edward de Vere, the 17th earl of Oxford was Shakespeare
Vere's biography matches countless details in Shakespeare's Works; he had the means, education, travel experience to Italy and other canonical settings and knowledge of law and history; his surviving correspondence and poetry under his own name corroborate his authorship.