"The play’s the thing…"

I see there’s a new movie out promoting the theory that someone other than William Shakespeare wrote the plays commonly attributed to him.

From a historical point of view this is interesting, I guess, but my immediate reaction to this is to side with the “it doesn’t matter that much” school of thought. After all, the important thing is that the plays were written by somebody. Exactly who wrote them is not really relevant to their merits as works of literature.

At this point, we can never be really certain about it, so why bother asking? Better to consider the plays themselves, in my opinion.

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