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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Quote of the Day II

"To be frank, how could anyone who wasn’t born or raised in England, isn’t Christian, and never took a college Shakespeare course have written either 1599 or Contested Will? His biography suggests that James Shapiro seems to lack all the necessary background and experience. Isn’t it far more likely that 'James Shapiro' is a front, the name a pseudonym? The true author probably prefers to write in peace and is uncomfortable with the public face of publishing."

-Professor James Shapiro

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I agree. The "James" is just too obviously one monarch on from Elizabeth, so we can reasonably assume the real author is a woman named Elizabeth. As for "Shapiro", the reference to The Stranglers' line "no more Shakespeare-os" is striking. This suggests the author is either a punk fan, born in the late 70s or, more likely coming of age during that era. Possibly, though, the last name could be "Strangler" or perhaps "Boston". I'm now founding a society for the recognition of Elizabeth Boston-Strangler as the author of "Contested Will". Anybody know who she is?