LETTER: The Bard had his limitations

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It was a charmingly written ‘Your View’ in the Herald of June 10 extolling the writings attributed to William Shakespeare. It is, however, time to face the reality of what we know of The Bard’s limitations and give credit to that wonderful array of dramatists who graced the Elizabethan and Jacobean literary age.

Marlowe, Kyd, Greene, Middleton, Nashe, Daniel, Fletcher to name some who, often in collaboration, created the works we cherish today in the First Folio. Not to mention the contribution from aristocratic men of letters and Michelangelo Florio and son John. Sadly, perhaps, there was no “greatest ever dramatist in the English language” ie Shakespeare. The truth is much more complex which is why the Stratfordian debate has raged for centuries.

Michael Black

Co-author ‘Shakespeare Unravelled’

Hardwick Road

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