About this book
Paperback edition of Shapiro's investigation into the various controversies surrounding the authorship of Shakespeare's plays. From the author of "1599", it will be supported by literary festivals and Shakespeare events in the UK. Shapiro retraces a path strewn with fabricated documents, concealed identity and bald-faced deception. 'Authoritative, lucid and devastatingly funny,' John Carey, "The Sunday Times"
For two hundred years after Shakespeare's death, no one thought to argue that somebody else had written his plays. Since then dozens of rival candidates have been proposed as their true author. This title unravels the mystery of when and why so many people began to question whether Shakespeare wrote the plays.
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