The argument over whether Shakespeare wrote the plays that have been attributed to him has waged for years and years. Some say that it’s impossible that someone of his background could ever be so prolific. Others say there is primary source proof that connect Shakespeare to his plays and no proof that they belong to anyone else.
There’s a movie coming out next week called Anonymous that suggests Edward De Vere is the man behind the screen, the true author. This is not a made up for the movies thesis. There is a De Vere Society. The Shakespeare Oxford Society calls itself the “primary source” on the doubts of Shakespeare authorship and exploring De Vere’s place as the real writer.
The New York Times presents an interesting article which doesn’t buy this notion.
What do you think? Does knowing without a shadow of a doubt who the author of A Midsummer Night’s Dream change your view of the play? Would you think less of the play if it wasn’t written by Shakespeare? Does authorship really matter? For me, the play is more important. I enjoy the works immensely and always will. But on the other hand, how would I feel if someone else received credit for my plays years later?