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Contested Will by James Shapiro
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This is a book about all the cranks out there who believe Shakespeare didn't really write all that stuff. Unfortunately, Shapiro has to go into detail about all the various lunatics out there (one is actually named Looney) that have manufactured a little cottage industry out of rank speculation and conspiracy theory. Many of the obsessed are borderline insane. Some of them actually are. So, it does drag a little in the middle; it bogs down, you start to wonder, 'Did he or didn't he?' But Shapiro comes through in the end with a very strong conclusion on Shakespeare as the original author. It left me saying, 'Thank God.' These people who don't believe in Shakespeare as author have about as much 'proof' as UFOlogists. But, as with most conspiracy theorists, it is impossible to sit them down and explain the truth to them. The truth is knotty, messy, complicated, and intellectually demanding. These clowns can't handle that.
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01/24/2011 page 65
17.0% "These Shakespeare doubters are like UFO-logists. With nary a scrap of evidence, they have concocted a gigantic web of maybe. The doubters are riddled with fakers, forgers, and lunatics. Why do they do it? I will read on."
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Joseph Reynolds Incredibly smart people (Mark Twain, Ralph Emerson) are somehow just as susceptible to the seduction of a secret truth. Vanity and ego know no class or cultural boundaries.


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Esdaile You obviously cannot handle the truth yourself since you have not said anything about the Shakespeare authroship question, yourself leaving it all to Shapiro. Some conspiracies do exist and some are fabrications-you should evaluate each on tis merits and many partly true and partly not


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