Shakespeare Was Not a Man

Is it only the print line or credit line which makes people diligent? Or is it a passion for work? Keeping in mind this gung-ho world and the present scenario, a layman would surely state that it, quite obviously is fame, glory or appraisal that makes people labor. This is the reality.

But a long time ago, it was the other way around. It was only the passion, ardor or fervor which prompted one to work. This is substantiated by the fact that the renowned English poet, playwright, dramatist and eminent writer of English literature William Shakespeare was actually a pseudonym adopted by Amelia Bassano, a Jewish woman and native of Italy.

Actually it goes in a very indistinctive mode. Shakespeare was only a planted name by “Amelia Bassano.” So far, she has only been known as the first woman to publish a book of poetry called Slave Deus Rex Judaeorum in 1611. Furthermore, there was a magazine named Elizabethan London which featured the works of female writers. As a result, in the passion of writing she thought of a stratagem to write with the name of a male whom she gave the name “William Shakespeare.” So this was the miraculous birth of Shakespeare. In a single phrase, she deserves to be lauded for her fire and for her passion – and that too without thinking of appraisal.

The theory behind this rests on the similarity of circumstances between Bassano’s content and way of writing adopted by Shakespeare. Besides, researchers also recognized technical similarities between Bassano’s known poetry and that used in Shakespeare’s verse. In addition to this, researchers also found the several clues in the text. For example, the usage of her name in Shakespeare plays such as The Merchant of Venice etc. The person behind this study is John Hudson. John Hudson has firm faith in this theory, and it even caused him to form a theatre company with the name ‘The Dark Lady Prayers’ that aims at revealing the veiled themes of the plays.

Amelia Bassano was a truly passionate lady and she had a die hard passion for writing. The lady sacrificed all the fame that could have been hers, a rarity in todays blood-thirsty society.

Ankit Tuteja

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