Posted By Roger Stritmatter on December 25, 2009
Columnist Frank McNally, who writes the regular column “An Irishman’s Diary” over at the Irish Times, has taken notice of the fact that Supreme Court Justices John Paul Stevens and Sandra Day O’Connor have both added their names to the Shakespeare Authorship Coalition’s Declaration of Reasonable Doubt. Writes McNally:
The theory that Shakespeare wasn’t Shakespeare has a long history. Mark Twain was an early exponent, favouring Francis Bacon as the true author. Indeed Bacon was a long-time leader in the field of alternative candidates, but has since fallen away.
And although the field has expanded to Grand National proportions, one Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford, has now established such a long lead that the race is as good as over, barring a fall.