After its first appearance Prof. Werner von Koppenfels, Emeritus, former Professor of English of the University of Munich, savaged mercilessly the German Book "The real Shakespeare: Christopher Marlowe" in a review for the german newspaper "Frankfurter Allgemeine" FAZ on Nov 2011! entitled: So eine Maulwurfexistenz ist doch enorm anstrengend ["Such a mole existence is nevertheless extremely demanding"].
The question remains whether the FAZ review caused the german medias afterwards to treat the book even more merciless by ignoring it completely ?
For the violence of the FAZ attack there may be some reasons:
a) either the author of the book was unable to recognize himselves as a "conspiracy theorist", as a "madman" or "paranoid", (as he was denounced elsewhere) or
b) our critic feels through the book on a sore point taken, what he's trying to cover up by that he puts it in the pillory, or
c) Koppenfels' age no longer allows him to skip the hurdles of traditional, dogmatic long fixed perspectives. -
By nature, I am inclined to the third alternative. Not simply because having never suffered before from delusions and avowedly never knitted in any conspiracy ....
All the facts, arguments, reasoning and evidences on 700 pages were not of a primary interest for solidified Prof.Koppenfels, he was interested in the motives of a "scientific outsider" who dared to shake the sacrosanct version of the Stratford dogma.
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