“A FALSE FACE MUST HIDE WHAT THE
FALSE HEART DOTH KNOW”(William Shakespeare)
First, that Shakespeare was unable to write the works attributed to him due to his lack of education (some even claimed he was illiterate), his minimal grasp of aristocratic society, and his unfamiliarity with the way of life in the Royal court.
Second, other contemporary authors were more likely to be the real bards because of their writing styles and abilities. But due to legal problems, they were unable or unwilling to take the acknowledgement. Conspiracy theorists have, at various times, proposed that as many as several dozen others could have been the authors of Shakespeare’s 38 plays, 154 sonnets, and his other works.
During the century following Shakespeare’s death, historian Sir George Buc was the “Master of the Revels” and his duty was to censor plays for the public, arrange court performances of plays, and to license plays for publication. He was meticulous in attributing books and plays to the correct author. He personally licensed William Shakespeare as the author of several of his plays.
Others say that Shakespeare’s writing included unusually strong similarities to the characters and events used in the writings of other authors. During the Elizabethan period, many authors wrote about similar historical themes, each using their own unique perspective. Shakespeare, not being classically trained, frequently made errors by mixing up Greek, Roman, and Trojan characters and events. This alone made his writing unique.
In 2007 a survey was taken among 2,300 Shakespeare professors about the authorship question. Did they think there was a good reason to doubt that Shakespeare wrote his own plays? Six percent said “yes,” 11% said “possibly,” 61% said there was “no convincing evidence,” and 22% said “it was a waste of time and a classroom distraction.”