Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Roland Emmerich's film "Anonymous" purpetuates notion only upper classes could have produced Shakespeare

The elitist snobbery of this viewpoint is staggering.

SO mercurial was his verse and so wonderful his storytelling, William Shakespeare was "no one and everyone", said the 19th-century critic William Hazlitt.

Hollywood, however, is hoping to teach America's schoolchildren a rather different version of events: that the Bard was an illiterate fraud.

Anonymous, a film due for release in Britain on October 28, is based on the theory that masterpieces such as Hamlet and King Lear were penned by Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford.

To accompany the movie Sony Pictures, the studio behind it, has produced a package of lesson plans for American high schools.

They suggest that it is "impossible to believe that a mere grammar school graduate could have written the plays and poems attributed to Shakespeare. Wouldn't it make more sense to suppose that William Shakespeare was only the stand-in for a better educated author?"

Sony Pictures, not run by geniuses, as they clearly don't understand the concept.

Read more here.

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