What may have been the cause that 2 professors of English, Richard Burt (left) and Julian Yates (right) deliberately choose such a truism as their book title:
What's the worst thing you can do to Shakespeare ?
published in 2013 by PALGRAVE MACMILLAN®
Obviously because they want to draw attention to the ways in which a variety of media forms - film, audio recordings, digital media, manuscript and print sources create gaps in the archive that is Shakespeare (Review M.Whitmore)
The last (fifth) chapter „Anonymous/Anony-mess“ of their book deals with the Shakespeare Authorship question:
Excerpt Ch.5 "….ready, in fact, to take on something that thus far we have avoided: the question of authorship, of who or what it was that is said to have written all those plays and poems attributed to “William Shakespeare.” The candidates, you may remember, run as follows: William Shakespeare, the actor turned writer from Stratford- upon- Avon; Francis Bacon, the writer, scientist, philosopher, and statesman; Edward de Vere, the Seventeenth Earl of Oxford, who has proved the most popular alternative candidate to Shakespeare since the 1920s. Then, of course, there are the outliers, the multiplied host of collaborators (Thomas Middleton, John Fletcher, and so on) as well as the other variously textual remains that now augment the contents of the First Folio ..."
Chapter 5 deals with Ronald Emerichs Film "Anonymous" and his Shakespeare candidate Edward de Vere.
The worst and unexcusable thing the authors did to the real poet-genius "Shake-speare" and the authorship question: they "created gaps" in the archive that is the Shakespeare authorship question by ignoring Christopher Marlowe...