Was William Shakespeare a real person (yes), or was it a pen-name for some other writer or a collection of writers (no)?

Asked by: EthanJohnson
  • The Illogical Genius

    For all the knowledge accounted for in Shakespeare's plays, it seems illogical that he would have such a vast vocabulary and other traits present in his plays, such as all the imagery used in his works for which it is almost impossible that he could have had a visual knowledge of all those things. Further, a likely candidate for the true identity of Shakespeare, Edward De Vere, fits many of the attributes found in the writings. He was a true literary genius, receiving two master's degrees before 17, and sailed around all of Europe. It is more logical that Shakespeare is in fact a pen name for other candidates.

  • Shakespeare? Real or?

    I am a 14 year old student, we have had this discussion in class. Shakespeare was believed in some stories to have been a women that used the identity of a man to get the plays into society. Because in the Elizebethan Era women didn't have many rights and they were not allowed to publish any work as well.

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