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Who Wrote Shakespeare?

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Was the famous poet and writer really a fraud and plagarist? Was his name really a pseudonym for a well-known contemporary figure?
Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 1st 1999 by Thames & Hudson (first published September 1st 1996)
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Katie Nelson
Mar 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Okay, as an English major/Shakespeare and History lover, I was skeptical. I had always been told that the authorship controversy "just isn't worth talking about". But this book TOTALLY changed my mind -- what a fun and fascinating mystery! At first I felt robbed of my happy little Shakespeare-idol worship; this book really wrenched my perspective out of place, and just when I had moved to Shakespeare Country, too! Nonetheless, I am very happy to have read this book and had my eyes opened to a gr ...more
Nov 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
Excellent presentation on the theories of Shakespeare. Written in a witty, detective style.
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A good overview of the authorship question. A primer on the subject. Amusing and informative.
SJ Loria
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
Ahhh, the authorship debate. So much fun (conspiracy theories are just fun to discuss are they not?). Yet not so scholarly.

I loved this book in high school, I loved challenging my teachers and saying "but the imbecile who lived in Stastford and couldn't even sign his own name the same couldn't have penned these works, sir!"

My current take on the authorship debate is a bit different. The debate rises not out of an uncertainty regarding the facts about the man born in Stastford (because historical
Feb 06, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: month-04
On reading the thriller The Shakespeare Secret, I became aware of the controversy surrounding the works attributed to Shakespeare and whether they were actually written by him. Michell's book was recommended in the bibliography as the most open-minded examination of the major claimants, from Francis Bacon to the Earl of Derby, and Michell does lay out the evidence dispassionately.
Derelict Space Sheep
Feb 21, 2016 rated it liked it
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Notwithstanding Wikipedia’s cursory dismissal of the authorship problem, Michell in this overview makes a compelling case for at least questioning the conventional attribution of Shakespeare’s works to the actor from Stratford-upon-Avon, presenting evidence for and against him and the other major candidates.
Dec 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Helpful overview of the different theories, this is an interesting read. But I have to agree with the author when he says unless new information turns up, we will probably never know the true identity of Shakespeare.
May 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Check out "Last Will. & Testament" on PBS for an excellent hour on the issue.
Jan 12, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare. Duh.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I enjoyed this summing up of all the major theories about the authorship of the Shakespeare plays.
Nov 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great overview of the authorship controversy. Perfect place for the uninitiated to get a quick look at the subject of Shakespearean authorship.
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Who Wrote It? 4 7 Oct 18, 2014 08:23PM  
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