A Shakespeare Scholar Takes on a 'Taboo' Subject.-.
The article was a review on James Shapiros new Book "Contested Will" , which confirms his long fixed orthodox view that William Shakspere of Stratford-upon-Avon created the plays and poems associated with his name.
Jenniffer Howard realized that Shapiro was not interested in rehashing the authorship debate and did not attempt an exhaustive review of the merits of the competing claims. Unfortunately he was not interested what people argue about the authorship question but why they do it. Howard seemed surprised to observe that Shapiro
a) dared to argue that the authorship question is the one subject that experts have deliberately neglected. and
b) to speak out why this subject remains virtually taboo in academic circles, as well as in the consequences of this collective silence.
The final paragraph of Jenniffer Howards essay comes to an unexpected conclusion not deductable from the text of her prior article :
"Meanwhile, the authorship debate shows no signs of fading away. Francis Bacon's star has waned, eclipsed long ago by the Earl of Oxford's. Now Christopher Marlowe's star is on the rise. "It looks like there's a shelf life to every candidate" of about 75 or 80 years, Shapiro says. "There's a lot more energy and enthusiasm behind Marlowe. To me it's still the same argument. It's just a different life being read into the same plays."
Spapiro did not deal with Marlowe in "Contested Will", how could he come to the conclusion that behind Marlowe there is a lot more energy and enthusiam. Very strange!