I've been reading the discusion on Shakespeare, if Will of Avon or the Earl of Oxford was the real author of Shakespeare's plays. An interesting question. What I have wondered about is the poetry, the sonnets. They do not sound like they originated from someone who did not have any back-ground of the classics. The plays can be seen as a collabaration of sorts, the director adding or deleting scenes & speeches as they fit into the actual production. But the sonnets are carefully thought out. They do not seem to be the thoughts of someone involved in the rough & tumble world of Elizabethan theaters & bawdy-houses. And the Elizabethan world was cruel -- look what happened to Walter Raleigh -- On Top today & tomorrow, the Tower. The Earl of Oxford would have had good reasons not to go public with his thoughts & observations. And I read somewhere that he actually paid William Shakespeare of Avon a sum of money for the right to use his name. Did that really happen? Over the centuries it's easy for documents to be lost, or new ones forged. Yet what would be the point? Shakespeare's writings, whoever wrote them are a great gift to the world. Let us be thankful that they exist.