EXIT SHAKSPERE

BY

 

Bertram G. Theobald, B.A.

Author of "Shakespeare's Sonnets Unmasked"

Cecil Palmer London

1931

CONTENTS

 

Foreward

IX

CHAPTER

PAGE

I. The Essence of the Problem

Two wholly irreconcilable factors

1

II. Shakspere's Youth

No possibility of acquiring adequate education

8

III. Problems For Stratfordians
Love's Labours Lost
Hamlet
The book learning in the plays.
Genius no explanation for this Shakspere's handwriting

17

IV. Contemporary Notices of the Actor

Edward Alleyn
Richard Burbage
Philip Henslowe

Eminent men never mention him
No notice taken of his death

33

V. Contemporary Notices of the Shakespeare Works
Francis Meres
John Davies of Hereford
Irrelevant quotations by orthodox writers
The Return from Parnassus
Ratsei's Ghost
Hints that the actor was no author

49

VI.The Stratford Monument

The original completely altered in 1748

The present day bust of Shakspere differs hopelessly from the original and also from the Droeshout engraving
What the inscription reveals

64

VII.Ben Jonson And The 1623 Folio

The prefatory matter in the Folio, if taken at its face value, is both absurd and contradictory. But Ben Jonson was in the secret. He purposely confuses the issue, while making copious allusions to the true author

70

VIII. Was The Author A Lawyer?

Eminent jurists declare that he was no amateur, but a trained, practising lawyer. This alone is fatal to the Stratford Myth.

78

IX. Summary And Conclusion

83

List of Illustrations