and:The Shakespeare authorship question is the argument about whether someone other than William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon wrote the works attributed to him. Anti-Stratfordians—a collective term for adherents of the various alternative-authorship theories—say that Shakespeare of Stratford was a front to shield the identity of the real author or authors, who for some reason did not want or could not accept public credit.[
This is the link to the page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shakesp...rship_questionThe arguments presented by anti-Stratfordians share several characteristics.They attempt to disqualify William Shakespeare as the author and usually offer supporting arguments for a substitute candidate. They often postulate some type of conspiracy that protected the author's true identity, which they say explains why no documentary evidence exists for their candidate and why the historical record supports Shakespeare's authorship.
rjblue, there is a section on Edward de Vere in this article, though you have probably already seen it. Doubtless there are some mistakes in these pages, as is par for the course with Wikipedia.