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  1. Jonathan Rocha

    Edward de Vere was a complex human being, and I agree with all who say that he is the real talent behind the collected works attributed to Shakespeare. You are a fortunate person.

    • Martin Smith

      And he carried on writing plays AFTER his death in 1604, complete with contemporary references. Now that’s what I CALL talent.

    • Martin Smith

      Here are some contemporary references that seem to indicate that Shakespeare was Shakespeare. I would put them all, but there are too many to fit in a comment column.
      1593 (Q1 Venus and Adonis; registered April 18)
      “William Shakespeare” (signature to dedication)
      (printed by Richard Field) (Poems, 3, 5, 369)

      1593 (Entry in account book of Richard Stonley, for his purchase of
      Venus and Adonis and Survey of France; June 12)
      “Shakspere”
      (handwritten; Richard Stonley) (SS, 131, with facs.)

      1594 (Q1 Lucrece; registered May 9)
      “William Shakespeare” (signature to dedication)
      (printed by Richard Field for John Harrison) (Poems, 111-3, 406)

      1594 (Q2 Venus and Adonis)
      “William Shakespeare” (signature to dedication)
      (printed by Richard Field for John Harrison) (Poems, 3, 5, 374)

      1594 (Prefatory poem to Willobie His Avisa)
      “Shake-speare”
      (printed) (EKC II, 192)

      1595 (Marginal note in an epistle by William Covell appended to
      Polimanteia, or the Meanes Lawfull and Unlawfull to Judge
      of the Fall of a Commonwealth)
      “Shakspeare”
      (printed) (EKC II, 193; HP II, 148)

      1596 (Q4 Venus and Adonis)
      “William Shakespeare” (signature to dedication)
      (printed by Richard Field for John Harrison) (Poems, 3, 5, 375)

      1598 (From Richard Barnfield’s “A Remembrance of some English
      Poets” in Poems in Divers Humours)
      “Shakespeare”
      (printed) (EKC II, 195)

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