Updated: Jul 8
If William Shakespeare did not write the poems, plays and sonnets attributed to him, then who did? And if it was an aristocrat with close ties to the queen, why would he allow his masterpieces to be attributed to a commoner? It does not make sense.
In Shakey’s Madness: does a mental disorder reveal the real author of William Shakespeare, author Robert Boog offers a simple, yet totally original explanation: the “real” author suffered from bipolar disorder.
“Back in the late 1500’s, not much was known, if anything about bipolar disorder. Even as late as the early 2000’s, most doctors still had a problem with diagnosing it. Unlike Covid-19, there is no swab test for antibodies. No blood test. Many times, doctors do not even require a physical exam because it is a mood disorder, so doctors rely on their patients to “self-report” their symptoms.”
According to Boog, bipolar depressive symptoms such as feeling “melancholy” or depressed, deep distress and suicidal thoughts can all be found in the Shakespeare canon. “After all, who has not heard of Hamlet’s famous line, ‘to be or not to be, that is the question,’ and in that very line, Hamlet is contemplating taking his own life. Many of the plays and sonnets talk about despair, despising oneself and suicide. These are all bipolar symptoms.”
Boog claims, in addition to the depressive symptoms of bipolar disorder, manic symptoms can be found as well. Manic symptoms include, fainting, racing thoughts and insomnia. According to Mr. Boog, “Whenever I ask William Shakespeare lovers about the fainting that can be found in the Shakespeare canon, I will usually get answers like, ‘poor ventilation, dehydration or bloody tragedy on stage’ which totally misses the point. Talk about fainting or almost fainting can be found in 76% of the plays and poems of William Shakespeare. 76% is too high to lightly dismiss. It means that fainting is something the author must have personally experienced, but William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon was NOT known to black out or swoon. Nor was Sir Francis Bacon or Christopher Marlowe. Only one man with bipolar symptoms fits the profile, and that is what Shakey’s Madness is about – using bipolar disorder symptoms to reveal the “real” author of the Shakespeare canon.”
So, if you are fond of reading interesting, true-life mysteries, check out Shakey’s Madness.
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