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Bonnie Shaljean BS: shakespeare (154* d) RE: BS: shakespeare 06 Feb 19

> I thought the first thing you learned about WS's "history" in high school is that it is not accurate

Yes... or at least I did. Our teachers always made that very clear, right from the get-go, as I already said above. This point is also frequently mentioned in critical commentary, literature textbooks, and even theatre programme notes. I don't think many people take him literally.

And numberless other writers have done the same over the centuries, too many to cite. Plays ARE fiction - they need plot-points, dramatic arcs, characters with depth and credibility, whose dialogue keeps the pace moving. When it's non-fiction, they call it reading a transcript.

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