Historically the Shakespeare authorship problem clearly proceeded in 2 separate steps. - The first stage intended to resolve the doubt whether William Shakspere from Stratford was identical with William Shakespeare (Author of Hamlet). Since a final solution of the first stage has never been reached the academic scientific community never felt obliged to proceed to the second stage researching the question: ”Who did it, if not William of Stratford ?
Only a minor community of intellectuals, sceptics, lateral entrants, scholars (Antistratfordians), artists, scientists etc. entered the second stage. One of todays most quoted „Antistratfordian“ scholars is Diana Price. Her research confirms and adds to a century of contributions that William Shakspere of Stratford by no means can have been identical with William Shakespeare, the creator of "Hamlet". - Interestingly she has never aligned herself with any one other possible candidate, even though she got this far into the authorship issue she nevertheless did never privilege one candidate over another.
Frontline tells us that she has been invited to all oxford conferences, but she doesn’t go because she does‘ t want to be perceived as favoring one particular candidate over another. She generally doesn’t take questions on the case for or against Oxford or Bacon or any of them. When she is asked „Was it Shakespeare or was it Oxford?" she frames the question differently "Was it Shakespeare or was it not Shakespeare?" Thus she never left the territory of the first stage. - That is remarkable. One wonders, why at her absolute certainty that William of Stratford was not the creator of Hamlet, she doesn’t feel the slightest need to proceed to the second stage? She cannot suppose that a still unknown poet will be discovered from oblivion? What is she afraid of? ....... of her lack of imagination?
She seems to understand that the first stage is an easy more simple task compared to the second. – The problem would have been solved long ago if the academic community had (re)searched more intensively for a coherent solution to the "real problem" of the second stage ...It obviously requires a much larger scale of imagination !