Were There Two Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare is undoubtedly one of England's most well-known and

treasured authors. His plays were exceedingly popular during his life, and according to

legend, they brought him and his family much fame and affluence. Since his death,

however, evidence has been uncovered which suggests that the William Shakespeare of

playwright fame may not have been the same individual documented in the historical

records of Stratford-upon-Avon. According to The Shakespeare Conspiracy, a book by

Graham Phillips and Martin Keatman,the actual documentation of Shakespeare's life is

meager at best.

Of all his contemporary poets and dramatists--such as Christopher

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It appears as if John Shaksper did not place a high value on education, and

all historical records point to the conclusion that his son never attended school.

Another confusing account (in fact, the next historical record mentioning

Shaksper) is the documentation of his marriage. In Alias Shakespeare: Solving the

Greatest Literary Mystery of All Time, a book byJoseph Sobran, it is noted that the day

before Shaksper registered to marry Anne Hathaway, he had registeredto marry "Anna

whatley [sic] de Temple grafton [sic]" (21). The name was changed to Anne Hathaway of

Stratford the next day, and they were married swiftly, without the usual ceremony of the

reading of the banns. Sixmonths into the marriage, Anne gave birth to their first child, and

the reason for the rushed marriage becameevident. However, it raises a puzzling question.

How could the man whose plays are some of the most romantic works ever composed be

the same man who nearly ran out on his pregnant lover by attempting to marry someone

else, rather than owning up to his responsibility?

The historical records of Shaksper's life, as mentioned in The Mysterious

William Shakespeare: The Myth and the Reality, by Charlton Ogburn, are non-existent for

nearly ten years after the birth of his children (26). In Peter Sammartino's book, The Man

Who Was William Shakespeare, it is stated that some of the plays later attributed to

William Shakespeare were appearing anonymously in London around the end of the ten-

year gap in the records. There was still no ...

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