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Unformatted text preview: 1Paperette one: The authorship of Shakespeare’s plays The documentary evidence linking William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon with Shakespeare the playwrite, Shakespeare the actor, and Shakespeare the part owner of the Globe Theater found in the “How We Know That Shakespeare Wrote Shakespeare: The Historical Facts” section of the website, <http://shakespeareauthorship.com/> is historically sound and abundant considering the time period in question. The authors of this section, Tom Reedy and David Kathman, render compelling arguments and reliable proof. In section one they go through many works of Shakespeare, showing the attribution of the work to Shakespeare, when it was attributed to him and discuss the customs of the time surrounding the attribution. For example the authors state that, “In 1593, the narrative poem Venus and Adonis was published by Stratford native Richard Field, with a dedication to the Earl of Southampton signed "William Shakespeare." This dedication refers to the author's "unpolisht lines" and contains the typically fawning language of a commoner addressing a nobleman for patronage.” This is followed by a further discussion of Shakespeare of Avon’s social rank and his understanding of his place. There are far more examples in the section including a list of published plays, the dates of the publications and attributions as well as some explanation as to why it was usual for a play-write to abstain from claiming authorship in initial publications at this time period. It is important to note that this section of the website has a very good supply of evidence which is selfsupporting as well as being supportive of the other types of evidence offered in conjunction . In other words, this evidence is strong enough to stand on its own and yet when looked over as a whole in context, it becomes even stronger and more reliable. Although this paper has insufficient space for a full response to each of the types of evidence, it should suffice to say that each piece of evidence presented is substantiated in a clear and distinct manner which leaves the reader with a firm sense of justification in the belief that William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon is the author of the great works commonly attributed to Shakespeare. ...
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- Spring '07