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This review is from: Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? (Hardcover)
Comprehensive, witty, authoritative and convincing. The "Who wrote Shakespeare?" debate could be (and usually is) so densely detailed and obscure that the "ordinary" reader loses heart and interest quite quickly. Shapiro manages to be thorough but also very readable. His underlying humour is one factor in this achievement, suggesting that, despite his serious intent, Shapiro can see the funny side of much of the debates of the past. Ultimately, the arguments for Bacon or Oxford or some other supposed writer seem to come down to an inability to accept that genius can surface anywhere and can transcend its social milieu, to produce the kind of quality that Shakespeare's own contemporaries saw in his work. It will now no longer be necessary for me to plough through any more dull conspiracy theories - no contest!