Shakespeare was an uneducated glover's son, from a provincial village, who left no firm evidence that he went to any sort of school. The only real proof that he wielded a pen with his own hand consists of six signatures on legal documents, where the spelling of "Shakspere" isn't even consistent. How did a bumpkin like that -- innocent of Oxford and Cambridge -- write dramatic masterpieces about royalty in Denmark or gentlemen in Verona? The puzzle is very English. An American would say, "He had talent," and let it go; we have an indifferently educated Mississippi drunk named William Faulkner to suggest that literary genius isn't a matter of where you get your B.A. But English class structure has bred a handful of conspiracy theories insisting that the author of... More >>>