In his presentation at the beginning he contrasted Shakespeare and Montaigne by saying:
"….was perhaps the most open, the most public writer of his time and possibly of all times, the most directly open, the most willing to show himself..."
"….was probably the most hidden of the great writers in the world, one who is hardest to locate even when he seems to be speaking more or less directly, as famously in the sonetts. You haven’t a clou weather you are actually encountering that particular human being speaking directly: He was very good at hiding and among other things, sang out of jail, and he needed to worry about that, because he wasn’t protected by his social position, but he seem to have the temperament to keep himself hidden."
Greenblatt doesn't seem to make efforts for a scientific attitude: (i.e....trying to understand and solve Unanswered questions! <- click!). Why did Greenblatt never ask, if there might be some reasons or motifs, that Shakespeare had to hide himself, why he was not open and why he did not show himself.(as Montaigne)..
Wouldn't Greenblatt inevitably have reached the conclusions of the Marlowe/Shakespeare authorship theory, supporting the idea that the name of ->John Florio must have been used as a pseudonym, similar to Shakespeare? (read.-> Blog 9 )
Greenblatt's intuitive knowledge that Shakespeare tryed a lifetime to escape any control of his "being known"("most hidden") (read-> Blog 10) fits like a key to the locked Shakespeare authorship problem. Marlowe achieved his hiding by a frequent change of his author's pseudo-nyms or initials (including Florio and Shakespeare) which could not be assigned to one person. The extent of personal and literary '"identity change", is beyond imagination.