Well it looks like it's time to play the academics favourite game again. Did he or didn't he, that is the question? What a piece of work is Shakespeare, how noble in style. How infinite in plot devices, and unlikely to be the work of William Shakespeare.
But he, ill suited to strut before the wanton academics eye, a glover's son, scarcely of a class that could do not but descant upon their own illiteracy, cheated by nature of style, wit and position, ill suited for the title of literary master, must therefore be impostor and never writ those fine upstanding words.
Oh what peasants, rogues and slaves are they that do suggest such drivel! But they are so o'er steeped in blood they can no longer turn back. Oh for a muse of fire to ascend the brightest heaven of invention, than might they have an original idea.
Plots have they laid, inductions dangerous, to set us and William in deadly hate the one against the other. Their drunken prophesies state that Bacon or now Sir Henry Neville must Will's plays be written by.
A plague upon all their houses. Alas, poor academics, I know their type too well. Sent before their time into this world scarce half made up, with hearts so dry and dusty, that emotions recoil from them, and their only joy is to make misery for others. In this world of pleasure and content, since they cannot play the hero, they are determined to play the villain.
The latest entry into the pointless-idiocy exercise of proving that Shakespeare didn't write the plays he wrote comes from two folks, Brenda James and William Rubinstein, who have written a soon-to-be-published book called The Truth Will Out: Unmasking The Real Shakespeare. In their oh-so-cutely titled book they claim that the above-mentioned Sir Henry Neville had to have written the books.
Their proof: all the references to his family in the histories, and that only a courtier such as himself would be able to describe the different geographies of Europe and the political intrigues at court. In other words that guy William Shakespeare just wouldn't have moved in the right circles to be able to write what is attributed to him.