SHAKESPEARE Identity William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon Arguments


- Info:

- First known work signed by "William Shakespeare the poet" was poem "Venus and Adonis".

- Poem was published by Richard Field in 1593.

- Richard Field was a printer and publisher in Elizabethan London.

- He grew up in Stratford-upon-Avon where he was a close friend to "William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon".

- Stratford-upon-Avon is a market town and civil parish in south Warwickshire, England, and it lies on the River Avon.

- From 1594 on, plays of "William Shakespeare the poet" were performed exclusively by acting company known as:

- the Lord Chamberlain's Men (1594-96, 1597-1603),

- Lord Hunsdon's Men (1596-97),

- the King's Men (1603-42).

- This article is based on


- Arguments for:

- "William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon" was an actor in that company.

He was also a sharer in the theater in which the plays were presented.

- To anyone with a logical mind, it follows that he was the writer of the plays and poems that bear his name.

He is the man with the right name, at the right time, and at the right place.

- It is true that there exists no play or poem attributed to "William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon.".

The name on the works is "William Shakespeare."

But his contemporaries knew who he was, and there was never any doubt in the minds of those who knew him.


- Counter arguments:

- If certain play bears certain name this is by no means evidence that play was written by someone with that name.

Many works of arts have been published under pseudonyms (false names) for various reasons.

- Also if the author's name really was "William Shakespeare" that doesn't automatically mean that this name refers to

"William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon" just because he was exclusively acting in those plays.

- These historical facts are in no contradiction to the assumption that plays might have been written by someone else who

was giving them under the name of "William Shakespeare" so that "William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon"

could play in those plays.

- It could be that "William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon" was pretending that he has written the plays and that

others believed him.

- So if some of his contemporaries were claiming that "William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon" was "William

Shakespeare the poet" that also doesn't make it automatically true.