http://www.doubtaboutwill.org/ Ok, the authorship question is no stranger here. The link above is the home of “the Declaration of Reasonable Doubt About the Identity of William Shakespeare“, and it’s about to get very popular. You see, Derek Jacobi (and others) have also signed it. Surely it says something when one of the most well known Shakespearean actors of the day signs such a document? It is important to read what’s actually being said, though. These are not a bunch of loonies saying “Bacon did it!” or “It was de Vere, you morons!” Instead, these are people who are simply acknowledging that there is room for doubt. It’s up to each person individually to decide how much doubt they have. The site itself, for instance, says clearly that “we doubt that he [the man from Stratford] was the author of the works.” So that’s the position they’re coming from. I would take the opposite stance, namely that the lack of evidence does not change my opinion that he did, even if I’m willing to admit that there is room for doubt. I like the way Jacobi put it. “I subscribe to the group theory,” he said. “I don’t think anybody could do it on their own.” And later, “I think the leading light was probably deVere as I agree that an author writes about his own experience, his own life and personalities.” An interesting development indeed! It’s a public document. Would you sign it?