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Baconaisse

I just came across a wonderful quotation from John Mortimer on a point that I have long held, only not expressed so elegantly:

"He was either William Shakespeare or someone with exactly the same name. What is perfectly obvious is that he wasn't Francis Bacon; he had nothing whatever in common with that cold-hearted, urbane, secretly corrupt judge whose scientific interests led him to die stuffing a goose with snow; and yet the penalty of writing anything about Shakespeare is to receive weekly propaganda from the Francis Bacon Society. Somewhere, in some dusty office, some dullard spends his life collecting evidence that there never was a Shakespeare. If a writer keeps out of trouble he can be denied all existence."

I don't know if it's just obnoxiousness or the inability of the upper class to believe that the finest works in the English language were penned by someone other than a fellow member of the aristocracy. Not to mention that one would think that his friends desiring to honor him posthumously by collecting and preserving his writings for posterity would also want to assign proper credit.

And I guess that's why Crowley got into so much trouble.

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