Can we think about this one for a moment? Perhaps they did not realize that the works of William Shakespeare, as he wrote and intended them, are effectively lost. We have the sonnets, published it is presumed without his permission (and certainly edited and arranged without his input). And we have the Folio, lovingly put together by his friends, yes – but not the same thing at all as “Shakespeare wrote these exact words” when people are remembering them years after he’s dead. You can forever look at the works and ask, “Yes but what did Shakespeare intend here?” For that matter you could start with, “Did Shakespeare really write this?” I don’t mean the Authorship folks, I mean, “Is this the final draft as Shakespeare intended it, or did he revise later? Was it misremembered by the person copying it down?” and so on.
What do you think it would mean if we have documentation from the life and works of William Shakespeare? What if we knew everything about him? Would the conspiracy theories disappear, or multiply? Would modern interpretation dry up?