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Shakespeare beyond doubt : evidence, argument, controversy / edited by Paul Edmondson and Stanley Wells
Production, publication, distribution, manufacture, copyright Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013
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 4th Floor  PR2937 .S445 2013    AVAILABLE
Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Authorship
Physical Description xiv, 284 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 249-278) and index
Contents General introduction / Paul Edmondson and Stanley Wells -- Part I. Sceptics: 1. The unreadable Delia Bacon / Graham Holderness; 2. The case for Bacon / Alan Stewart; 3. The case for Marlowe / Charles Nicholl; 4. The life and theatrical interests of Edward de Vere, seventeenth Earl of Oxford / Alan H. Nelson; 5. The unusual suspects / Matt Kubus -- Part II. Shakespeare as Author: 6. Theorizing Shakespeare's authorship / Andrew Hadfield; 7. Allusions to Shakespeare to 1642 / Stanley Wells; 8. Shakespeare as collaborator / John Jowett; 9. Authorship and the evidence of stylometrics / MacDonald P. Jackson; 10. What does textual evidence reveal about the author? / James Mardock and Eric Rasmussen; 11. Shakespeare and Warwickshire / David Kathman; 12. Shakespeare and school / Carol Rutter; 13. Shakespeare tells lies / Barbara Everett -- Part III. A Cultural Phenomenon: Did Shakespeare Write Shakespeare?: 14. 'This palpable device': authorship and conspiracy in Shakespeare's life / Kathleen E. McLuskie; 15. Amateurs and professionals: regendering Bacon / Andrew Murphy; 16. Fictional treatments of Shakespeare's authorship / Paul Franssen; 17. The 'declaration of reasonable doubt' / Stuart Hampton-Reeves; 18. 'There won't be puppets, will there?': 'Heroic' authorship and the cultural politics of Anonymous / Douglas M. Lanier; 19. 'The Shakespeare establishment' and the Shakespeare authorship discussion / Paul Edmondson -- Afterword / James Shapiro -- A selected reading list / Hardy Cook
Summary "Did Shakespeare write Shakespeare? The authorship question has been much treated in works of fiction, film and television, provoking interest all over the world. Sceptics have proposed many candidates as the author of Shakespeare's works, including Francis Bacon, Christopher Marlowe and Edward De Vere, the seventeenth Earl of Oxford. But why and how did the authorship question arise and what does surviving evidence offer in answer to it? This authoritative, accessible and frequently entertaining book sets the debate in its historical context and provides an account of its main protagonists and their theories. Presenting the authorship of Shakespeare's works in relation to historiography, psychology and literary theory, twenty-three distinguished scholars reposition and develop the discussion. The book explores the issues in the light of biographical, textual and bibliographical evidence to bring fresh perspectives to an intriguing cultural phenomenon"-- Provided by publisher
Alternate Author Edmondson, Paul
Wells, Stanley, 1930-

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