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Shakespeare beyond Doubt

Shakespeare beyond Doubt 1

Evidence, Argument, Controversy

by Paul Edmondson and Stanley Wells
Publication Date: 18/04/2013
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Did Shakespeare write Shakespeare? The authorship question has been much treated in works of fiction, film and television, provoking interest all over the world. Sceptics have proposed many candidates as the author of Shakespeare's works, including Francis Bacon, Christopher Marlowe and Edward De Vere, the seventeenth Earl of Oxford. But why and how did the authorship question arise and what does surviving evidence offer in answer to it? This authoritative, accessible and frequently entertaining book sets the debate in its historical context and provides an account of its main protagonists and their theories. Presenting the authorship of Shakespeare's works in relation to historiography, psychology and literary theory, twenty-three distinguished scholars reposition and develop the discussion. The book explores the issues in the light of biographical, textual and bibliographical evidence to bring fresh perspectives to an intriguing cultural phenomenon.
Shakespeare studies & criticism
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Cambridge University Press
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United Kingdom
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  • Great book

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    At last the voice of reason has come into this debate. It won't change the mind of anyone who passionately supports the idea that WS was not the author. They will easily explain away clear historical evidence as a part of a cover up by vested interests both then and now. And they will stay true to their core argument that they simply don't believe that an ordinary person can overcome many obstacles to do extraordinary things (very un-American!). It's impossible to argue against such beliefs. I hope they don't turn on the likes of Leonardo da Vinci and Michael Faraday.

    But for anyone who wants to stage an intervention for someone being tempted by the modern religion (that any account of anything "mysterious" put forward by "establishment" experts is probably a conspiracy to cover up the real truth) then this book is a God send. Just give it to them before it's too late.