On the occasion of the 70th birthday of bestselling Shakespeare author Stephen Greenblatt, the largest German national subscription daily newspaper, the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" wrote on October 7th 2013 an appreciation of Greenblatts merits and achievements. Alexander Menden began his article with the remarkable proposition that any scholar of the Renaissance literature period nowadays has to start with asking himself the crucial question: Who really wrote Shakespeare's works?
Even if Greenblatt feels this question as ridiculous, it raises some general questions:
It's ... hard to imagine that 20 years ago the "german Feuilleton" would have touched such a taboo and advanced such an opinion ... is one to understand that there is an upcoming change of the "Zeitgeist" with a growing perception about the dubiousness of the Stratfordman as a mediocre personality ?
Or are these events the preliminaries of the upcoming major Shakespeare Anniversary 2014 (450 birthday) searching for a coherent conclusion of the permanent Shakespeare irritation?