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.