(April 25, 2020) Los Angeles. This week celebrates Shakespeare’s birthday and just in time is Shakey’s Madness’, a well-researched and well-rounded argument concerning the “real” author of ‘The First Folio’. Using academic resources including The British Museum and The Folger Shakespeare Library, the author, Robert Boog, sets out his hypothesis that the real author of the work currently attributed to William Shakespeare may have experienced Bipolar II Affective Disorder, (aka “BD”) and this information may help us to uncover the true author of these Elizabethan plays and sonnets.
According to author Boog, “a silent bipolar epidemic” has begun to surge in America, and the symptoms of the disease do not start to manifest until a child reaches young adulthood (from 17 – 26 years old). This is the time when young adults start to study the plays of William Shakespeare, or rather the “real” author of SHAKESPEARE, who Boog believes also endured the symptoms of Bipolar Disorder.
In Shakey’s Madness we find the shocking symptoms of Bipolar Disorder from the “real” author, like despair, depression, racing thoughts and suicidal thoughts. After all, who has not heard the famous line from Hamlet, “To be, or not to be, that is the question.” But have you ever thought that Hamlet was referring to ending his own life? He was.
If you are even a casual Shakespeare fan, you will probably enjoy figuring out who the ‘real’ author was, what Bipolar Disorder symptoms to look for, and why it all makes sense. For example, in the plays, we know that Shakespeare is empathetic to women. He writes, “Frailty thy name is woman” and yet in the Sonnets he carries a negative view. Why is this?
Does bipolar disorder explain this north/south conundrum? After all, with bipolar disorder someone can change their thoughts and feelings by 180 degrees.
Shakespeare has influenced Americans throughout history and has helped students explain what it means to be an individual in today’s society. The collision of the old, static version of the bard with a new, explosive character who is aloof, eccentric and unconventional may appeal to those in their teens, 20s, and 30s, especially those with mental health issues. Shakey’s Madness may help make sense of the past as well as assist some young adults to make sense of themselves, their goals, and help them realize their own road to happiness.
Bottomline: should the academic world prepare to study Bipolar Disorder along with Shakespeare? Yes, but is that really a bad thing? As the real author once wrote, “We know what we are, but know not what we may be.”
In celebration of his birthday, Shakey’s Madness has been reduced from $6.99 to $3.99, so get it now before the price goes up on May 1st!