News from the front:
In a stunning surprise announcement today the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (SBT) said that it now wishes to encourage all parties alike--Scholars of any discipline, amateur investigators, and the general public, to both bring forward and also to examine together any and all evidence related to the ‘so called’ Authorship Question of the world’s great Shakespeare works.
Though in the past 100+ years there have been a few limited endeavors to examine the many challenges to the traditional authorship story, it is now admitted that these very sparse efforts have been unsatisfactory to the many thousands of Shakespeare enthusiasts as well as the Shakespeare specific community of scholars. To satisfy the increasing demand to solve this long-standing and frustrating dispute, if it can ever be solved, the SBT wants it known that it is strongly desired and expected for there now to be an emphasis on clearing out all the smoke of ambiguity as much as possible and to bring an end, if possible, to the mystery created 400 years ago.
Though the SBT notes that it does not expect any change in the final resolution that all the scrutinized evidence will reveal, it will nevertheless welcome any new and unexpected findings shedding further light on the whole phenomena of Shakespeare including all those seeming connections to the plays and poetry by any of the author’s contemporaries, and most especially of the many alternative ‘authorship candidates’ of a hidden or ‘masked’ Shakespeare.
“This is an amazing gift to all us researchers” said one excited and subdued scholar. “There is so much to investigate in what had been a taboo topic for us all our careers that now most of us will soon be doubling and tripling our usual production of published research. They may even need to start a couple new journals to handle it all.”
Though details of how this frenzied flowering of Bard fandom may fruitfully fan out are still unclear, a new website has been suggested, perhaps “FaceBard”, to collate and share the new possibilities of this “under-discovered country”. In the meanwhile, as we all enjoy Shakespeare at 400, we can take to heart our dear doubted author’s silent plea, “Remember me”.