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“Anonymous” Shakespeare fact-check

A statuette of William Shakespeare.  Was the bard a faker?
A statuette of William Shakespeare. Was the bard a faker?
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The film “Anonymous,” which opens in theaters today, presents a version of history that William Shakespeare was a fraud and that the works attributed to him were actually written by the Elizabethan aristocrat Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford.

Patt fact-checks the film with a Shakespearean scholar and gets an update on the debate over Shakespeare’s authorship — a debate that’s roiled actors like Jeremy Irons but still managed to catch the attention of great minds like Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia.


Who was the man and what does the evidence support?


Arthur Horowitz, chair, Department of Theater and Dance, Claremont colleges

Earl Showerman, president, the Shakespeare Fellowship