Apr 10, 2015
By Michael Kramer
21st century technology is shining the spotlight on another play by Shakespeare.
The well-named “Double Falsehood” was thought to be a hoax- but it’s now being touted as the real thing.
The play was first published in 1728 – and was said to be written by Lewis Theobald – who claimed to have adapted his work from three original Shakespeare manuscripts – subsequently destroyed in a fire.
University of Texas researchers examined 33 plays by the Bard..twelve by Theobald..and nine by Shakespeare collaborator John Fletcher.
By aggregating dozens of psychological features, they created a profile of Shakespearean characters and linguistic patterns – that “strongly identified” the play as coming from the same author : William Shakespeare.
Doctor Ryan Boyd says psychological research has shown that some of the core features of who a person is at their deepest level – can be revealed based on how they use language.
The study was published in the journal “Psychological Science.”