Amateur researcher finds evidence that Shakespeare began his career as Marlowe’s ghostwriter

Some four hundred years have gone by since William Shakespeare wrote plays for the London theater, and those plays (and Shakespeare’s life) have been subjected to academic research for much of that period. It seems somewhat incredulous that today, in the 21st century, something dramatically new could be found. According to Morten St. George, an independent researcher, that is precisely the case: Shakespeare found an ingenious way to fingerprint everything he wrote so that he, and no one else, could always be identified as the true author of a work.

An impossible task? Everyone knows that writing styles are unreliable for author identification. But don’t put limits on the genius of Shakespeare: he simply made use of a book of prophetic verse written in the French language. For every two consecutive verses, roughly a dozen words, he would extract three or four of the rarer words, translate them in English, randomly scatter them around, and then write to fill in the blanks, producing two or three lines of original theatrical script. Placed side by side, the multiple correlations within a short space become easily noticeable and that’s how we get a positive ID on authorship.

Shakespeare followed this procedure repeatedly throughout all thirty-six plays of his First Folio, in his major poems and also in his Sonnets. A careful examination of the works of a dozen playwrights of the Shakespearean epoch discovered that this same unusual procedure, with the same French verse, was employed in the works of Christopher Marlowe and nowhere else.

Marlowe died at a young age, and his accidental death was very well documented. One must therefore assume that, from an unknown location, Shakespeare began his literary career as a ghostwriter for Marlowe, and when Marlowe died, Shakespeare began writing poems and plays in his own name. Indeed, entries in the London registry reveal that poems and plays in the name of Shakespeare begin to appear shortly after Marlowe’s death.

Asked how an amateur researcher was able to make such a startling discovery, St. George responded: “I was familiar with the French side of the equation. That’s why I was able to see correlations that were invisible to thousands of scholars and millions of readers across the centuries.”

The evidence is substantial: St. George demonstrates Shakespeare’s secret fingerprinting in a ten-thousand word essay posted online at


Morten St. George is a computer programmer, now retired, who has dedicated his spare time to investigating diverse historical mysteries. In addition to his Shakespeare investigation, he feels that his investigation of the Voynich Manuscript may have impact. He has numerous articles and one book to his credit.

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