Who Wrote Shakespeare by John G MichellWho Wrote Shakespeare by John G Michell

Who Wrote Shakespeare

byJohn G Michell

Paperback | July 1, 1999

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Was the most famous poet and writer of all time a fraud and a plagiarist? Was Shakespeare the "upstart crow" described by Greene as strutting in borrowed feathers, or Jonson's "Poet-Ape" who patched plays together from others' work?

These questions have been debated ever since the eighteenth century, when the writing styles of Marlowe and other playwrights were discerned in such plays as Titus Andronicus. The orthodox view is that the author of the works of Shakespeare was, of course, the actor and businessman of Statford-upon-Avon. But the known facts about this man are surprisingly meager and contrast puzzlingly with the learned, courtly philosopher revealed in the sonnets and plays -- the universal genius and supreme stylist.

John Michell's witty investigation of the theories and claims reads like a series of detective stories. By the end of the book even the most faithful disciples of the Bard will find themselves asking, "Who Wrote Shakespeare?"

Title:Who Wrote ShakespeareFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.5 × 6.75 × 1.03 inPublished:July 1, 1999Publisher:Thames And HudsonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0500281130

ISBN - 13:9780500281130

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Could the most famous poet and writer of all time be a fraud? Reading like a series of detective stories, Who Wrote Shakespeare is a witty investigation into the theories and claims that have questioned the authorship of Shakespeare`s work since the 18th century. John Michell`s inquiry addresses this authorship controversy with historical and cultural insight. Written with objectivity and impeccable research, Michell presents suggestive evidence along with 116 captivating period illustrations. This book will provoke even the most enthusiastic Shakespearean disciples to ponder the question of authorship.