The Theft of William Shakspere's Identity
Author: A J Pointon
Was William Shakspere, a successful businessman and minor actor from Stratford-upon-Avon, the WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, one of the greatest writers of all time, or was it a case of identity theft?
Prof. Pointon became interested in the Shakespeare Authorship Question when defending the widely held Stratfordian claim in a debate. A physicist and chartered engineer, he brought a new eye to the evidence, concluding much that was claimed was at best suspect, at worst invented, and so took up the task of unravelling the truth. The result is this book. A must-read for everyone interested in the Authorship Question, it provides a detailed examination and collation of the evidence surrounding it.
Pointon restores William Shakspere's real identity (even the name is spelt differently) through a reconstruction of his family and lifestyle. Although not claiming to identify who was hidden behind the pseudonym "William Shakespeare", he points to a resolution of the problem.
A J Pointon is a problem-solver. His career includes being Director of Research at Portsmouth University, founder and national secretary of a union for lecturers in Higher Education, Government-appointed member of ACAS, and chairman of the International Dickens Fellowship as well as a top chess player.