People have often asked, “Why is knowing the real author of the plays and sonnets of William Shakespeare important?”
To me, there are three reasons why knowing the real author is important.
First, because most of the people who encourage the reading of the Shakespeare canon are teachers or educators who now ask their students to use Zoom and the Internet to assist them in their learning experience. By NOT examining new theories about the true identity of the author are we not discouraging scholarship? Or, to put it another way, are we favoring regurgitation and implying that repeating information without analyzing or comprehending new ideas is more important than seeking out new possibilities?
Second, do most teachers and educators reward plagiarism? No. In fact, if a university student is found to have plagiarized a work, he or she may be asked to leave the school. So, just imagine if it is true that Shakespeare has unfairly been given credit for the entire catalog of Edward de Vere! What does that say to educators? It was okay because it happened over 400 years ago? Or that the deed has been found out and the reason educators have kept it quiet is because the de Vere family wanted it that way.
Third, and possibly the most important reason concerns the idea broached in Hang Shakespeare – that the “real” author suffered from bipolar disorder and so did Edward de Vere. A careful reading of the sonnets reveals the real author’s repeated complaints of insomnia, as well as the “highs” and “lows” of a manic depressive person. Bipolar disorder is a growing epidemic today. By making the “real” author a real, living, breathing human being (and not a so-called Stratford genius) but someone who encountered his own share of physical and mental ailments, the works of the true author become more meaningful and relevant. Students might actually be able to relate to him a little better.
Have you been experiencing the feeling of hopelessness and despair, as well as the giddy feeling of being at the top of your game? So did the “real” author of plays like Macbeth, King Lear and Twelfth Night. You are not alone!
This link offers signs of bipolar disorder and even if you do not read or agree with Hang Shakespeare you might want to check it out.
Robert Boog is a real estate broker and amateur songwriter who lives with his wife in Valencia, Ca. Who was a better writer, Marlowe or Shakespeare?