Shakespeare Beyond Doubt: Evidence, Argument, Controversy edited by Paul Edmondson and Stanley Wells

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December 2013–January 2014, no. 357
The Old Believers

Shakespeare Beyond Doubt: Evidence, Argument, Controversy

edited by Paul Edmondson and Stanley Wells

Cambridge University Press, $35.95 pb, 298 pp, 9781107603288

Shakespeare Beyond Doubt: Evidence, Argument, Controversy edited by Paul Edmondson and Stanley Wells

Reviewed by
December 2013–January 2014, no. 357

It was not until the middle years of the nineteenth century, so far as we can tell, that anyone seriously doubted that the man from Stratford-upon-Avon called William Shakespeare had written the plays that for the past two and a half centuries had passed without question under his name. In the early 1850s, however, a private scholar from Connecticut named Delia Bacon began to develop an alternative view. She believed that the plays had been composed not by Shakespeare but by a syndicate of writers headed probably by Francis Bacon, whom she later came to think of as her distant ancestor.

The Old Believers

Shakespeare Beyond Doubt: Evidence, Argument, Controversy

edited by Paul Edmondson and Stanley Wells

Cambridge University Press, $35.95 pb, 298 pp, 9781107603288

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