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Who Wrote Shakespeare? - John Michell

Who Wrote Shakespeare?

Paperback Published: 1st July 1999
ISBN: 9780500281130
Number Of Pages: 272

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Was the most famous poet and writer of all time a fraud and a plagiarist? Was Shakespeare the "upstart crow" described by Greene as strutting in borrowed feathers, or Jonson's "Poet-Ape" who patched plays together from others' work? These questions have been debated ever since the eighteenth century, when the writing styles of Marlowe and other playwrights were discerned in such plays as Titus Andronicus. The orthodox view is that the author of the works of Shakespeare was, of course, the actor and businessman of Statford-upon-Avon. But the known facts about this man are surprisingly meager and contrast puzzlingly with the learned, courtly philosopher revealed in the sonnets and plays--the universal genius and supreme stylist. John Michell's witty investigation of the theories and claims reads like a series of detective stories. By the end of the book even the most faithful disciples of the Bard will find themselves asking, "Who Wrote Shakespeare?"

'The only honest answer that can be given to someone who wants to know who wrote Shakespeare is that it is a perfect mystery... ' So the author concludes, having examined the arguments in favour of Bacon, the Earls of Oxford, Derby and Rutland, Christopher Marlowe, a number of other pretenders including Francis Drake and Walter Raleigh, and of course the case for William Shakespeare or Shadspere or Shaksper or Shaxberd - whoever he was. He explores the subject thoroughly, from the puzzling silence of the playwright's contemporaries on the subject of England's finest author, to the most convincing and the most obscure hints and suggestions, in and out of anagram and acrostic, that he was really someone other than the man from Stratford. By a long way the most fascinating of recent books on Shakespeare. (Kirkus UK)

Approaches to Heresyp. 8
The Mind Behind the Worksp. 17
William Shakspere: The Life and Legendsp. 39
Doubts and Questionsp. 67
Bacon as Shakespearep. 113
The Oxford Movementp. 161
Earls and Othersp. 190
The Professional Candidatep. 227
A Last Look Roundp. 241
Bibliographyp. 263
Sources of Illustrationsp. 266
Indexp. 269
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ISBN: 9780500281130
ISBN-10: 0500281130
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st July 1999
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.34 x 16.71  x 2.72
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition