William Shakespeare shared nine close acquaintances with Emilia Bassano and with the lecherous Dr Simon Forman.
Trilingual, highly educated, Emilia Bassano is the best candidate for introducing Shakespeare to the Italian and French novelle whose plots he used in about 37 of his plays. She could have inspired his creation of powerful, articulate women characters.
See “The Woman behind William Shakespeare and Simon Forman: The Creativity of Emilia Bassano-Lanier Explained” accepted for publication in The International Journal of Literary Humanities. 2018
Paul Kauffman July 2018