Shakespeare is performed, read and studied in most parts of the world today. Why is there such interest - or, more important - why should there be any interest in an English writer from Stratford who died nearly 400 years ago? Is it because he is often said to be the world’s “greatest” writer? In other words, he has transcended the limits of time and place to become a figure of global significance. That is an astonishing claim. We can begin to understand this phenomenon by asking first: “Who is the real William Shakespeare?”
WILL THE REAL SHAKESPEARE PLEASE IDENTIFY HIMSELF?