His name is also hyphenated on many of the title pages of his collections and plays leading many anti stratfordians to believe that shakespeare was a pseudonym for the real author. It was however the spelling used as a printed signature to the dedications of the first editions of his poems venus and adonis in 1593 and the rape of lucrece in 1594.
Real shakespeare signature. There are six surviving signatures attached to four legal documents that are generally recognised as authentic. The shakespeare authorship question is the argument that someone other than william shakespeare of stratford upon avon wrote the works attributed to him. The standard spelling of the surname as shakespeare was the most common published form in shakespeare s lifetime but it was not one used in his own handwritten signatures.
Only six signatures of william shakespeare are known. He is often called england s national poet and the bard of avon or simply the bard. 26 april 1564 23 april 1616 was an english playwright poet and actor widely regarded as the greatest writer in the english language and the world s greatest dramatist.
However in the 19th century during the romantic and victorian eras editors referred back to the spelling of shakspere due to the poet s own signature on a number of his writings. But what he loved beyond all else was william shakespeare. He is shakespeare s great rival and a real talent.
He then took a sheet of paper and traced a facsimile of shakespeare s signature from a book. Anti stratfordians a collective term for adherents of the various alternative authorship theories believe that shakespeare of stratford was a front to shield the identity of the real author or authors who for some reason usually social. Not a man to kowtow to nobility or privilege.
His signature is hotly contested by anti stratfordians who point out that in the surviving six authenticated signatures his name is spelled differently in each one. A deposition in the bellott v mountjoy case dated 11 may 1612 the purchase of a house in blackfriars london dated 10 march 1613. One is under a deposition of may 1612 three under his will of march 1616 and finally two under conveyance deeds in march 1613.
One day in 1794 the 19 year old william henry sneaked into his father s study and started looking through his shakespeare books. Shakespeare s six surviving signatures are all from legal documents. Garrulous argumentative jealous proud and deeply committed to exposing hypocrisy and corruption.
His extant works including collaborations consist of some 39 plays 154 sonnets two long narrative.