Teachout was asking himself why only Shakespeare’s authorial status (the only major writer since ancient time) has been seriously questioned by large numbers of people and why only this major artist has attracted such attention. For him this seemed to be the most puzzling aspect of the authorship debate: a fact, of which he adds, Mr. Shapiro somewhat surprisingly makes no mention in "Contested Will". Any scholar who dared to suggest that Bach's work wasn't by Bach or Rembrandt's by Rembrandt would, Teachout argues, be handled thereafter with the academic equivalent of padded tongs. Yet outside of the ambiguous evidence of their work, we would know scarcely more about the inner lives of either man than we do about that of Shakespeare. Why then, Shakespeare is the only creative giant around whom an ever-growing edifice of pseudoscholarly fantasy has been erected?
Teachout’s simple answer is that most of the the professional circle of writers (journalist, academic writers, media, even laymen... ) are convinced they are more competent and powerfull with words than with sound or images. Most of us would believe (in their secret harts) we could write if we only tried hard enough.
Dennis Rawlins (right) in his article in →DIO "The BardBeard" debunked Dr.Teachouts ”Upside-down shrink-analysis" ( Chapter T → T4-T6, → T19-T25 )