Shakespeare Authorship debate
Who wrote Shakespeare's plays?
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An English dramatist, poet and translator of the Elizabethan era. He greatly influenced William Shakespeare, who was born in the same year as Marlowe and who eventually became the pre-eminent Elizabethan playwright after Marlowe's mysterious early death, in 1593.Born 1564 in Canterbury, scholarships to King's School Canterbury and Corpus Christi, Cambridge. Died in 1593
William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet.
Born: April 23, 1564, Stratford-upon-Avon
Died: April 23, 1616, Stratford-upon-Avon
William Stanley, 6th Earl of Derby
Born 1561, London, England; died Sept. 25, 1642, Lathom House, Lancashire, English writer and active member of the theatre who has been offered by some theorists as the true author of the plays of William Shakespeare. He succeeded his elder brother, Ferdinando, as the earl of Derby in 1594. Like His older brother, he held an avid interest in the theatre and maintained a company of actors known as Derby’s Men.
Case for the following
Marlowe was born in 1564, in the same years Shakespeare, and was a product of the same social class as him. Unlike Shakespeare however, Marlowe was university-educated. This solid foundation in academics allowed him to be an effective writer and poet. His poetry was heavily influenced by Latin. By the late 1580’s Marlowe’s way of writing was a form of art.