Prof. Tobias Döring (President of the German Shakespeare Society and Professor of English Literature at the LMU , Munich) gave broadcast interviews to Blanka Weber (Deutschlandradio Kultur May 1st .2011) and Nana Brink (Deutschlandradio Kultur, Oct.13th 2011), both interested in the problem of Shakespeare doubters and the authorship problem. Döring, repeated his credo uttered in many places of
the tale or myth of Shakespeare's universal genius ,
originated in the 19th century as an outgrowth of the "Zeitgeist" of the Genius theory. (long since recognized as an error )
This error had the effect that it could be still not accepted to regard Shakespeare as a pretty normal educated and normal-owning citizen from the Middle English province, who attended the Grammar School , but not at the university , who never left England and worked in the theater, who earned his wealth honestly and eventually withdraw on his prosperity, just a very bourgeois existence. – It would be the banality of Shakespeare’s ordinary life, which constitutes the problem of all Shakespeare biography. ( FAZ)
How could it happen
that the President, highest german authority on Shakespeare, accepted the meager facts about Shakespeare of Stratford as a starting point to derive the theory of Shakespeare's banality? How could it happen that he does not accept, instead, the unimaginable creative mind of a universal person with the biggest language skills and knowledge of the world and an unparalleled world experience to derive the theory of Shakespeare's universal genius ( independent of any "Zeitgeist"), and at least doubt the authorship of Shakespeare from Stratford (if not rejected it) ?