The Truth Will Out: Unmasking the Real Shakespeare by Brenda James & William D. Rubinstein
Updated: Feb 14
Summary: William Shakespeare was one of the greatest playwrights and authors in history, shaping the English language to what it is today. Or was he? The Truth Will Out addresses the Shakespeare Authorship Question and offers up a contender for the true author.
Review: Have you ever gone on a date and they mention how Shakespeare was a plagiarist or, worse, overrated, and you immediately start thinking about how this is never going to work? Me. So much so that I have a tattoo copied directly from a scan of the first printing of Hamlet dated 1603. Therefore, when I picked up this book, I knew I would have to go into it with an open mind.
From the start, I was intrigued. For some reason, I had never really looked into the Shakespeare Authorship Question, and this gave a great insight into the mysterious man from Stratford. It also argued that Sir Henry Neville was, in fact, the true author. While James and Rubinstein introduce a lot of compelling connections, it was definitely not without conjecture. Needless to say, even if Sir Neville really did write my favorite plays and sonnets - a fact we may never truly know - I found that it did not take away from the value of these masterpieces. Perhaps, it might even strengthen their significance.