Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The Independent: Shakespeare the 'Hard-Headed Businessman' Uncovered:
Hoarder, moneylender, tax dodger — it's not how we usually think of William Shakespeare.
But we should, according to a group of academics who say the Bard was a ruthless businessman who grew wealthy dealing in grain during a time of famine.Researchers from Aberystwyth University in Wales argue that we can't fully understand Shakespeare unless we study his often-overlooked business savvy.
"Shakespeare the grain-hoarder has been redacted from history so that Shakespeare the creative genius could be born," the researchers say in a paper due to be delivered at the Hay literary festival in Wales in May....
He was pursued by the authorities for tax evasion, and in 1598 was prosecuted for hoarding grain during a time of shortage.
- Christian Science Monitor, William Shakespeare: Tax Dodger, Shady Businessman?
- Daily Mail, Was Shakespeare a Tax Dodger? Bard Was 'Ruthless Businessman Who Exploited Famine and Faced Jail for Cheating Revenue'
- Los Angeles Times, Shakespeare Was Ruthless Profiteer and Tax Dodger, Study Says
- New York Daily News, Shakespeare Called Grain Hoarder, Tax Dodger, Money Lender and Ruthless Businessman
- Sunday Times, Bad Bard: A Tax Dodger and Famine Profiteer
- Telegraph, Shakespeare Was a Tax-Evading Food hoarder, Study Claims
- Wonkette, Titus Andronicus Shrugged: Will Tax-Dodging Shakespeare Become the New Ayn Rand?
(Hat Tip: Jack Chin.)