Who Was Shakespeare?

Oct 26, 2011

Shakespeare is back on television in a big way. You can't watch commercial TV for 45 minutes without seeing an ad for the movie "Anonymous," opening Friday and advancing the argument that Shakespeare's plays were not written by the Stratford commoner but by a British nobleman.

The debate has been raging for many decades now, and the people in the argument tend not to stay very calm about it.

Stratfordians -- who believe Shakespeare was Shakespeare -- often paint Oxfordians as snobs and dilettantes who don't know what they're talking about. Oxfordians say that Stratfordians are afraid to jeopardize their standing in academia by asking hard questions.

I hear, in the argument, faint echoes of the 9/11 Truthers, although the politics are very different. Oxfordians, like the Truthers, tend to be tinkerers poking holes in the Establishment version.

You'll hear from both sides in this interview.

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