At school and college in Leeds and Reading in the England of 1960s and 70s, all my tutors tended to concentrate on Shakespeare’s work, not his identity. Without exception they claimed there was too much uncertainty to get bogged down in authorship issues, as the Stratford legend was full of uncertainties which distracted attention away from the works. This was before there was any widespread general awareness of the Oxfordian case.
Then, much later, in 1997 I was passing a bookshop window, in which John Michell’s book ‘Who Wrote Shakespeare?’ was prominently displayed. Well that did it. Five years later I was inspired to produce an Oxfordian TV English language Documentary: ‘Looking for the Real Shakespeare’ for German Television.
— Stuart Marlow
John Michell’s Who Wrote Shakespeare is available on Amazon.
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