Elizabeth Winkler, in the June 2019 issue of The Atlantic asks: Was Shakespeare a Woman? The answer is definitively: Yes.
Forget the worn-out Bacon theory, ditch the Marlowe hoax, abandon de Vere and Raleigh. And, most importantly, consider a sex-change for the world’s most influential, important and celebrated author: Shakespeare was a She.
In a compelling, forceful and convincing article, Ms. Winkler offers overwhelming proof that indeed, William Shakespeare, well known through contemporary documentation as an actor, theatre hound, moneylender and property owner, may now also be known as a cribber (or by the 16th century term ‘underhand brokery’), having taken credit for the work of Emilia Bassano (1569-1645).
As Winkler points out: “No records from [Shakespeare’s] lifetime identify him unequivocally as a writer.” Bassano, heretofore known mainly as the first English woman to publish a book of poetry, led a complicated, dramatic life, the facts of which confirm the assertions in Winkler’s theory. This reader, who had scorned previous Shakespeare conspiracy theories, finished Winkler’s article by exclaiming: “Of course! Cherchez la femme!"