Though most literary scholars reject all alternative authorship candidates, including Oxford, The convergence of documentary evidence of the type used by academics for authorial attribution – title pages, testimony by other contemporary poets and historians, and official records – sufficiently establishes Shakespeare's authorship for the overwhelming majority of Shakespeare scholars and literary historians, Oxfordians, however, reject the historical record and often propose the conspiracy theory that the record was falsified to protect the identity of the real author, invoking the dearth of evidence for any conspiracy as evidence of its success.
Scholars also note that interpreting the plays and poems as autobiographical, and then using them to construct a hypothetical author, is a method most literary specialists consider unreliable as far as attributive value.
Unknown artist after lost original, 1575; National Portrait Gallery, London.
Five of the six runs Nelson gave up were singles, and he issued just one free pass for the third start in a row.
It’s the ninth victory for the 28-year-old, as he dropped his ERA slightly to 3.37 and now boasts a 149/32 K/BB ratio over 133 2/3 innings.
It was probably too recondite for most: the best part of two hours, it was set backstage during the performance of another play, revelling in the whole gamut of theatre lore and barely leaving a single room.
However, director Richard Eyre made the most of what he had.
Oxfordian arguments rely heavily on biographical allusions; adherents find correspondences between incidents and circumstances in Oxford's life and events in Shakespeare's plays, sonnets, and longer poems.
The case also relies on perceived parallels of language, idiom, and thought between Shakespeare's works and Oxford's own poetry and letters.
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Marked passages in Oxford's Bible have also been linked to Biblical allusions in Shakespeare's plays.