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The Shakespeare Authorship Question

Did someone other than William "Shakespeare" of Stratford-upon-Avon (1564-1616), write the plays and sonnets published under the name William "Shakespeare" (sometimes hyphenated "Shake-Speare")? A remarkably diverse range of respected people, including Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, Malcolm X, and Supreme Court Justices John Paul Stevens, Sandra Day O'Connor and Antonin Scalia, have suspected that "Shakespeare" was a pseudonym to shield the identity of a true author (or authors) who may not have desired or been able to take public credit.

Explore this fascinating historical and literary mystery with Shakespeare buff and Thomas Jefferson School of Law Professor Bryan H. Wildenthal.

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