A new movie hits theaters today, and the topic is stirring up a bit of a debate in the literary community.
Set in the political snake-pit of Elizabethan England, Anonymous speculates on an issue that has for centuries intrigued academics and brilliant minds such as Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, and Sigmund Freud, namely: who actually created the body of work credited to William Shakespeare? Experts have debated, books have been written, and scholars have devoted their lives to protecting or debunking theories surrounding the authorship of the most renowned works in English literature. Anonymous poses one possible answer, focusing on a time when scandalous political intrigue, illicit romances in the Royal Court, and the schemes of greedy nobles lusting for the power of the throne were brought to light in the most unlikely of places: the London stage.
The theory is, for the most part, a bit absurd. I’ve never bought into it, and I am still a big fan of Shakespeare’s work. Despite that, I still really want to see Anonymous. It just looks cool! However, I’ve heard others in the lit world say they want nothing to do with it.
So what about you? Tell us in the Comments: what do you think of the premise behind Anonymous? Will you see the movie or not?
Meanwhile, here is the official trailer:
For the comments: What do you think of the premise behind Anonymous? Will you be seeing the movie or not?