Jonathan Bate claims to have discovered Shakespeare’s “fingerprints” on three plays (two of which I’ve already read – feeling fancy!). Interestingly, he’ll be including these plays in a new Shakespeare collection soon.
Not understanding even the slightest thing about Shakespeare computer analysis, I couldn’t possibly wade into the argument, but it certainly shows me two things:
Firstly, the pull Shakespeare continues to exert on our imagination – that we want to find ‘new’ material of his.
Secondly, that we must continue to revise our understanding of how Shakespeare wrote. That revising, editing, re-writing and re-working, and collaborating is not simply a 21st Century ‘invention’ that has arrived with the advent of the Internet!