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Published on Dec 6, 2010
Actor Keir Cutler, Ph.D., tells what changed his mind about Shakespeare's authorship, and why he signed the Declaration of Reasonable Doubt About the Identity of William Shakespeare (DoubtAboutWill.org/declaration).
The "Declaration of Reasonable Doubt" provides a brief, but definitive overview of the evidence and arguments for and against William Shakespeare of Stratford as the author. Nearly three dozen Shakespeare scholars helped write it, and even some well-known supporters of the traditional attribution of the works have praised it. The Declaration is needed because most Shakespeare scholars say there's no doubt who wrote the works.
Among the many prominent people who have signed the Declaration are actors Sir Derek Jacobi, Jeremy Irons, Michael York and Mark Rylance, founding Artistic Director of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, and former U.S. Supreme Court Justices John Paul Stevens and Sandra Day O'Connor. Over 660 people with advanced degrees, and over 330 current or former college and university faculty members, have also signed.
The Declaration can be read and signed online at the website of the Shakespeare Authorship Coalition (SAC) at: DoubtAboutWill.org. Please read and consider it, and if you agree, go to the signing page and add your name. Then, help spread the word!