In an earlier post on Jim Shapiro’s new book, Contested Will, I noted that it had gotten very good press. It’s a great read, accessible and engaging. Shapiro examines the underlying issues surrounding the authorship question. As Shapiro notes, for two hundred years after his death, no one questioned Shakespeare’s authorship of the plays. Now there are dozens of candidates, from Francis Bacon tot he Earl of Oxford. One reponse to the post took the position that Shapiro failed “… to address any of the important questions that have been raised over the past century” and that Shapiro “…”seems to miss the point of authorship studies altogether.” It would be great to hear from more readers on this question: “Who wrote Shakespeare?” Are your students asking this question? Are you? What’s your take on this controversy?
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