The Case for Shakespeare: The End of the Authorship Question
While gaps in the biographical record for William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon continue to confound literary scholars, McCrea here concludes that he was, indeed, the playwright and poet we have always thought him to be. This literary forensics case follows the trail of evidence in the historical record and in the plays and poems themselves. It investigates the counterclaims for other authors and the suppositions that the real author of the works must have been a soldier, a scholar, a lawyer, a courtier, and a traveler to Italy. In spirited and fascinating detail, McCrea carefully takes apart the case for other authors and proves the case conclusively.
Unlike other books that make the case for one or another candidate for the real Shakespeare, this book makes the case for the Bard of Avon even as it considers the alternative arguments for other authors and presents the evidence against them. Special attention is paid to the leading contender, Edward de Vere, the Earl of Oxford, but like other conspiracy theories, this one is put to rest through a detailed combing of the clues and a convincing presentation of the facts. In the end, readers will be reassured as to the identity of the real Shakespeare, who was, and is, the glover's son from Avon.
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McCrea's position on the authorship question is instantly clear: he refers to those who deny that Will Shakespeare of Stratford is the author of the sonnets and plays credited to him as "heretics ... Read full review
I've come read into the authorship question with an open mind. In fact, when I first started my research, I believed that the Oxfordians raised several points which raised, in my mind, a reasonable doubt. There were moments where I began to wonder whether it was "the man from Stratford" behind the works. This book, however, confirmed, for me, William Shakespeare's authorship. I sincerely hope that this book will set the issue of authorship to rest, for anybody who might read it. Empirical evidence on the matter is presented in a very concise manner, making it one of the few books on the matter that offers facts, rather than conjecture.
I find the desperate comments of those clearly close-minded critics who attack the authenticity of the claims made in this book amusing, to say the least. These skeptics pick minuscule bits of text or historical evidence to attack, or some fine point to savagely assault, choosing to ignore the overwhelming evidence presented by McCrea in favor of "the Swan of Avon". It would do the scholarly community some good to return, as McCrea does, to the accounts of the people who knew Shakespeare first hand, and to take what they recorded at face value, rather than twisting their words to fit some new conspiracy theory.
It is important to give credit where credit is due, and William Shakespeare, the greatest poet who ever lived, must be given credit for his accomplishments.