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Contested Will

Who Wrote Shakespeare?

by James S. Shapiro

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Contested Will by James S. Shapiro
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In a history writ large like the Bard himself, acclaimed author James Shapiro examines the biggest controversy in literature: Who wrote William Shakespeare's plays? In the process, Shapiro considers what this debate tells us about ourselves and the way we read now.

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"Thoroughly documented, Shapiro's book is scholarly yet well paced and accessible. ...Rewarding for both the Shakespeare scholar and the serious general reader." - Library Journal

"A thorough, engaging work whose arguments would prove more persuasive were we not living in an era of such fierce anti-intellectualism and pervasive conspiracy theory." - Kirkus Reviews

"Starred Review. As Shapiro admirably demonstrates, William Shakespeare emerges with his name and reputation intact." - Publishers Weekly

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James Shapiro is the Larry Miller Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where he has taught since 1985. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, he studied at Columbia and the University of Chicago. He is the author of several books, most recently A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599. He has been awarded numerous fellowships and grants from institutions such as the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the New York Public Library's Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. He has written for The New York Times, the Financial Times, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications. Mr. Shapiro lives in New York with his wife and son.

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