Anonymous Scribe


There’s a wonderful and truly open-minded NPR interview with the writer of “Anonymous”, John Orloff, that you can read, or listen to the full conversation HERE.

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Orloff argues that it’s a reasonable notion in a world where aristocrats weren’t expected to sully themselves in the disreputable — and occasionally politicized — world of the theater.

“We need to look at this through the lens of the 16th century,” Orloff argues, “and not the 21st century, where we worship celebrity. They didn’t. Quite the opposite: Celebrity was something to be avoided at all costs.”

De Vere, son-in-law to one of Queen Elizabeth’s most powerful ministers, and thus privy to state secrets, would have been particularly conscious of the risks, Orloff says.

“Playwrights had their hands cut off if they got in the way of the government,” Orloff says. “It was actually quite a dangerous act to write a play that might annoy or anger the powers that be; it was a very dangerous thing to be a playwright in 1600.”

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Highly recommended!

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