The forthcoming New Oxford Shakespeare will credit Christopher Marlowe as a co-author of the three Henry VI plays. This will inevitably stir up a great deal of controversy, including red-herrings in the authorship question. Most academic focus is on the extent of Shakespeare’s co-authorship as opposed to his authorship of his work.
“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.” So said Joyce Carol Oates, and many more of us suspect that reading good fiction gives us insight into other people.
The debate about whether literature increases your empathy continues.