Many historians and famous authors, such as Mark Twain and Sigmund Freud, have trouble believing that William Shakespeare truly wrote the plays published in his name. As TIME writer Jumanna Farousky wrote, “Doubters started questioning the true identity of the writer in the late 19th century. Ever since then, the theory of an alternate author has flirted with the mainstream as some scholars and researchers have tried to get the broader academic community to treat the question as a legitimate debate”. (Farousky, 1) Though there are many candidates in the conflict1 surrounding the true identity of the author of Shakespeare’s plays, it is clear Sir Francis Bacon was the true creator. Where Shakespeare never went to college or traveled outside the London area, Bacon was well traveled and atended2 College before moving on to write his own books as well as becoming a philosopher. Sir Francis Bacon was also raised in politics and was in parliament3, while Shakespeare was the son of a glove maker and became an actor. Also, the two authors share many similarities in their writing style. Although there are other candidates in the debate, Sir Francis Bacon is the most likely based on the series of weird or nonsensical things that connect4 them. From the writing style similarities, and the fact that Shakespeare never traveled outside of London while Bacon traveled and had family who travelled to some of the places in the plays, to the information used in the plays, information Shakespeare would not have had access5 to but Sir Francis Bacon would have. There are more reasons that Bacon could be the true Shakespeare than for most others. These are only a few of the many odd coincidences6, circumstances7, and similarities surrounding Sir Francis Bacon and William Shakespeare.
There are many similarities in the writing styles of William Shakespeare and Sir Francis Bacon. Many people seem to overlook the fact that Shakespeare’s plays display a level of knowledge and vocabulary usage that would not seem fitting to someone from a poor background with only a high school education. Even with Bacon’s full college education the two men share a 98.5% similarity in their writing styles. This is quite a high level for two people from such highly separate upbringings and educational backgrounds.
Sir Francis Bacon had an incredibly good education, “When he was 12 years old, he began studies at Trinity College Cambridge”. (Doyle,1) This quote shows that Sir Francis Bacon not only attended a prestigious college, but he started that college when he was only twelve. Sir Francis Bacon was a philosopher and scientist. He grew up to become a member of parliament at the age of 23. (Doyle, 1) as Bacon’s father had been Bacon was also appointed8 Lord Keeper of the Seal by the Queen. Bacon was raised as nobility by parents who were very important at the time. His father was the Lord Keeper of the seal and his mother was a linguist related to the queen’s Chief Minister.