The world debate continues. Did William Shakespeare really write his plays or was it someone else? But Stanley Wells, honorary president of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and eminent Shakespearean scholar thinks he knows the truth and has gathered a small army of literary scholars to prove it: a new book William Shakespeare Beyond Doubt.
"I think the phenomenon goes down partly to snobbery; to a feeling of resentment, even anger, that someone from a relatively humble background should have been able to create such works of genius," says Wells. Paul Edmondson, head of research at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, believes the problem is the human desire to find a conspiracy. The Shakespeare "conspiracy" has been around since the 19th century and, according to Edmundson, is spreading. Such popular culture works as the movie Anonymous have spread the theory worldwide.