ATG Quirkies: The Sherlock Holmes of the Folger Library

At long last, the mystery of Shakespeare’s identity has been solved. At least that’s according to The Observer’s Robert McCrum, who reports that Dr. Heather Wolfe with her passion for old manuscripts has cracked the case.

McCrum describes “Dr. Wolfe as “a willowy, bright-eyed manuscript scholar, a paleographer specialising in Elizabethan England who in certain moods of candour might put you in mind of Portia or perhaps Cordelia. She’s also a Shakespeare detective who… delivered the coup de grace to the wild-eyed army of conspiracy theorists, including Vanessa Redgrave and Derek Jacobi, who contest the authenticity, even the existence, of the playwright known to contemporaries as Master Will Shakespeare.

But of course, you’ll need to read the entire post to find out how she did it!

(Thanks to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies)

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