Title: Contested Will
Author: James Shapiro
For more than two hundred years after William Shakespeare's death, no one doubted that he had written his plays. Since then, however, dozens of candidates have been proposed for the authorship of what is generally agreed to be the finest body of work by a writer in the English language. In this remarkable book, Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro explains when and why so many people began to question whether Shakespeare wrote his plays. The doubters have included Sigmund Freud, Henry James, Mark Twain, and Helen Keller. It is fascinating story, replete with forgeries, deception, false claimants, ciphers and codes, conspiracy theories - and a stunning failure to grasp the power of the imagination.
Contested Will is a brilliant historical investigation that will delight anyone interested in Shakespeare and the literary imagination.