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Series O: Occult: Shakespeare (2 quibbles)

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Lonnie Risckle
1271695.  Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:51 am Reply with quote

We were taught at school that Shakespeare was baptised on the 26th April, but the date of his birth is not recorded.

He would have been baptised quite soon after his birth, because if he died first his soul couldn't go to heaven, so everyone thought it would be Romantic if he'd died on his birthday. And he's Englands greatest playwright, so it's even more Romantic if he was born on St George's Day.

So in a previous series this could well have been a Nobody Knows question.

But to claim that his last writings were something that a spirit medium produced? Come on, guys, let's have some rigour and rationality here

 
Jenny
1271736.  Tue Jan 23, 2018 4:16 pm Reply with quote

I'm not sure the claim was made quite that directly! Welcome to the forums Lonnie Risckle.

 
dr.bob
1272056.  Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:53 am Reply with quote

The point they were trying to make was that the rules followed by both the British Library and the US Library of Congress decree that works published even after the author's death are still filed under that author's name. Thus, according to both of those august institutions, the work written by the spiritualist is listed as the final published work by Shakespeare.

 

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