James Beatrice Claudia Martin
Early Prof. Sturrock must have felt that the sonnets were autobiographical and in asking what the sonnets are all about, he was led automatically to the question: Who was Shakespeare? Sturrock does have a (biased?) opinion.(Oxfordian)
As far as the complex Shakespeare authorship debate of Shakespeare is concerned unfortunalely I fear, that Sturrock's very "Shakespearean" aproach to develop a problem as a dialog and to make a scientific procedure comprehensible to non-scientists, will not be very successful: the (too little) amount of knowledge defines the (too little) questions he may ask...and it is difficult to compare two real "substantial" personalities (W.Shaksper-Stratford and Edward de Vere) with a fictive unsubstantial "some-one" else. I would have liked to know the result, if Sturrock had replaced "someone else" by Marlowe, using all the knowledge available today.
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