After waiting for some time for my library to buy this book, process it, and make it available for checking out, I was very excited to dig right in.
- The old canard that it's somehow meaningful that his burial record says "Will. Shakspeare, gent. [sic, including spelling and punctuation]" instead of "Will. Shakspeare, poet."
- The insistence that Shakespeare's first play was Titus Andronicus. Yes, it may have been, but there's absolutely no certainty about it.
- The claim (baldly-stated as a fact) that only three of Shakespeare's signatures survive, together with "by me" on his will as the only words besides his signature in his hand. Yes, there's not much out there, but there are six signatures, the words "by me" (none of which is seriously disputed), and the uncertain but possible "Hand D" in the manuscript of Sir Thomas More. No, the last isn't established as unquestionably Shakespeare's writing, but that would be the place to mention it.