Okay, so I know this isn’t an American history myth and I probably shouldn’t be dealing with it in this blog, but the topic was so current (because of the new movie “Anonymous”) and so relevant to other myths (because the inspired rant against the perpetuation of myths like this in this week’s NY Times Magazine), I had to go with it.
You simply must read the short article by Stephen Marche, a Shakespeare expert, former professor, and prolific writer who is horrified at the myth perpetrated by the movie “Anonymous.” For those who haven’t heard of it, the movie is about the “real” author of Shakespeare’s plays, an English earl named Edward de Vere. This is a theory that has been bantered about for decades and, says Marche, “has roughly the same currency as the faked moon landing does among astronauts.” I think all of us who lament the hardiness of these history myths can sympathize with Stephen Marche . . . I know I do. Thank you, Mr. Marche, you are one of my heroes. And I’ll enjoy the movie all the more, thanks to the myth-busting details you provided!
Shakespeare didn’t write Shakespeare? Oh, please . . .