About all our books have in common is our shameless use of Shakespeare as a source.
We know roughly as much about Bach the man as we know about Shakespeare.
What most amazes me about the following novels is the variety of approaches they take to Shakespeare riffing/ripping.
He was described by Shakespeare as having a hunchback and indeed the skeleton shows evidence of curvature of the spine.
The group refers to themselves as The Drunk Shakespeare Society, a “drinking club with a Shakespeare problem”.
Eliza said that she had found her scissors, and very likely I should find the Shakespeare some other night.
Then of Stratfordians who had seen people who had known or seen people who had seen Shakespeare?
There can be no question that these speeches in "Macbeth" were written by some other hand than Shakespeare's.
And what does the same high authority say about Shakespeare?
I think so; it seems to me that, if Falstaff had been a creation, Shakespeare must have reproduced him more effectively.
surname recorded from 1248; it means "a spearman." This was a common type of English surname, e.g. Shakelance (1275), Shakeshaft (1332). Shake (v.) in the sense of "to brandish or flourish (a weapon)" is attested from late Old English
Heo scæken on heore honden speren swiðe stronge. [Laymon, "Brut," c. 1205]Cf. also shake-buckler "a swaggerer, a bully;" shake-rag "ragged fellow, tatterdemalion." "Never a name in English nomenclature so simple or so certain in origin. It is exactly what it looks -- Shakespear" [Bardsley, "Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames," 1901]. Nevertheless, speculation flourishes. The name was variously written in contemporary records, also Shakespear, Shakespere, the last form being the one adopted by the New Shakespere Society of London and the first edition of the OED. Related: Shakespearian (1753); Shakesperean (1796); Shakesperian (1755).