Shakespeare- Real or Fake? 19 replies

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#1 8 years ago

Who here thinks Shakespeare was a real person, or was a cover for Playwriters who didn't want to be known? There is no historic evidence that Shakespeare ever existed, except for signatures on his original scripts.




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#2 8 years ago

I haven't heard any one say with good evidence that Shakespare never existed, though I have heard speculation about some of his plays not being written by him.




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#3 8 years ago
Commissar MercZ;5221705I haven't heard any one say with good evidence that Shakespare never existed, though I have heard speculation about some of his plays not being written by him.

Ya pretty sure hes real, but I can believe him not writing some of "his" plays.




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#4 8 years ago

The first thing that springs to my mind is that if wasn't real then all the contemporary depictions of him, and also his grave would all have to be part of the same elaborate hoax. Is there any evidence to suggest that Shakespeare wasn't a real person?




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#5 8 years ago

He probably was real, although that could be argued. Just my guess. Now Homer, I'm not sure if he was real.




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#6 8 years ago

This is actually a good question - I seem to remember that there was some speculation (I need to check this out to make sure Im not talking crap) that Shakespeare did exist as a person, but that the works were more of a group effort, now dont hold me to this...

So - yes - real person - though perhaps not the sole author of all works attributed to him normally...

But thats not the point - the point is that the Simpson's are cartoons...




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#7 8 years ago

I have never heard that there was doubt that William Shakespeare existed.

He was born in April 26th 1564 at Stratford on Avon, died 23rd April 1616. He was married to Anne Hathaway and they had three children.

What I have heard is that there are a number of people that have evidence showing a number of Shakespeare's works were not original. Othello for instance was based on a story by a Italian author written in 1565.

King Lear is supposedly based on the history of the Celtic King Lir/Lyr by Geoffrey of Monmouth in the 12th Century.




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#8 8 years ago

Maybe that was what I read... I studied this in highschool... (im old now :( )

I knew there was some controversy, and suspicion that not all of his works were 100% legit by him...

There never was any controversy as to whether he existed though...




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#9 8 years ago

Anlushac11;5222278I have never heard that there was doubt that William Shakespeare existed.

He was born in April 26th 1564 at Stratford on Avon, died 23rd April 1616. He was married to Anne Hathaway and they had three children.

What I have heard is that there are a number of people that have evidence showing a number of Shakespeare's works were not original. Othello for instance was based on a story by a Italian author written in 1565.

King Lear is supposedly based on the history of the Celtic King Lir/Lyr by Geoffrey of Monmouth in the 12th Century.

I wonder if today's Anne Hathaway is related to that Anne Hathaway, or if they're equally hot. :naughty:

But back on topic, Shakespeare existed without a doubt, theres no evidence that suggests he was fictional.




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#10 8 years ago

Anlushac11;5222278 What I have heard is that there are a number of people that have evidence showing a number of Shakespeare's works were not original. Othello for instance was based on a story by a Italian author written in 1565.

King Lear is supposedly based on the history of the Celtic King Lir/Lyr by Geoffrey of Monmouth in the 12th Century.

Yea, and there were contemporary writers they believe actually wrote the books. The Earl of Oxford at the time and Cervantes have been advanced as potential people who either collaborated or completely wrote Shakespeare's plays.




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