I know, I know, the Identity Question can be a real pain in the tuchus, but this looks like fun:
Film director Roland Emmerich, who has given us huge planet-killing flicks like 2012, has announced his intention of directing a different sort of (forgive me) what-if fantasy, this one forwarding the so-called “Oxfordian” theory that the author of the Shakespeare Plays was really Edward De Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford. (Go here for a mini-interview with Emmerich on the subject.)
With a name like Murphy, I suppose I may be forgiven for having come to think that all the little mysteries and conundrums surrounding the Bard’s life, “hidden years” and famous religio-political slipperiness are more elegantly answered by the theory, steadily gaining ground among Shakespeare scholars, including Stephen Greenblatt, that Shakespeare’s roots and sympathies were Catholic at a time in England when that was a potentially dangerous attitude to express.
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