Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Dread Pirate Roberts Theory of Who Wrote Shakespeare


NPG 2035 Called Phineas Pett
Although I adhere to the central-genius school of Shakespeare, I also suspect that the name Shakespeare might have been appropriated as a Jacobean brand name used for political and/or commercial reasons and that not everything attributed to Shakespeare was written by the central genius, who was either an actor from Stratford or an Earl from Oxford.  

At some point (let's suppose) this central genius retired or died and his legacy and/or pen name continued without him and wrote, for instance, The Winter's Tale.  This, at least, is the central tenet to what I call the Dread Pirate Roberts School of Shakespeare Studies.  You might recall that in The Princess Bride (a very Shakespearian film) the Dread Pirate Roberts is periodically replaced by a new pirate who takes on the name and reputation of the long-retired original pirate.

During Shakespeare's day collaborations were the norm.  Keeping that in mind, I think it's highly possible that Shakespeare's name might have helped sell a few plays after the playwright was dead and gone.

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