With recent ‘revelations’ about Shakespeare authorship coming to light, our friends in France have published an e-book (out now!) addressing this issue of Shakespeare’s identity. Edited by Dominique Goy-Blanquet and François Laroque Shakespeare, Combien de Prétendants? features articles from the editors, Richard Wilson, James Shapiro, Stanley Wells and Paul Edmondson among others. See the publishers website for more information and read the announcement from the editors below.
Lamberto Tassinari has undertaken to prove that John Florio is the true author of Shakespeare’s work and denounce the “Stratford industry” who are doing their best to hide this revelation from the world. Instead of being ignored as it deserved, his hypothesis has received such strong support in France from the philosopher Daniel Bougnoux that Le Monde (9 January 2016) published side by side David Cameron’s launch of the Shakespeare year and Tassinari/Bougnoux’s conspiracy theories. The ample media attention they received made us feel it time to answer, with hopes that more critically aware readers will restore the balance between facts and fiction. The e-book shown below is a collective effort to discuss and clarify their more fanciful assertions.