A bit of sleight of hand in the film Anonymous moves the publication of Venus and Adonis from 1593 to 1599. I rather enjoyed the scenes in the printing house but the redating is significant, not accidental. Because the progression in Shakespeare's career is, in itself, telling evidence against The Earl.
In 1593, with the playhouses shut and only a few modestly successful plays under his belt, Will Shakespeare had the makings of the greatest court poet in history. He had the business of patronage sorted out and a very successful, lucrative book in print. Venus and Adonis was quite possibly the best poetry book since Caxton printed The Canterbury Tales, much more appealing to popular taste than the work of his rivals (Chaucer excepted, of course), with its sexy language and titillating love-making. Furthermore, he repeated the feat without much apparent effort and got another successful book out almost no time after the first, The Rape of Lucrece. Great title.