Katherine Duncan-Jones

Much Ado About Nothing

Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?

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I approached this book with a heavy heart. Why should such an able scholar as James Shapiro devote a whole book to the non-question of who wrote Shakespeare? Didn’t Samuel Schoenbaum cover the Baconians et al in great detail in his Shakespeare’s Lives (1970)? And in the end, how much does ‘authorship’ matter? 

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