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No discussion group on Shakespeare would be complete without someone discussing whether the Stratford man really whote all the works attributed to Shakespeare Some claim Christopher Marlowe to be the author others Francis Bacon and several web pages are devoted to the premise that Count Edward deVere wrote these books Shakespeare Identified by Thomas Looney and he seems to make a pretty strong case in favor of Edward de Vere being the author The book was written in 1920 though and Im not really aware of further evidencehypotheses I did hear about de Veres Bible being found in 1991 and that it supports de Veres claims to authorship William Shakespeare is the only literary figure whose very identity is a matter of long-standing and continuing dispute Was he really the glovers son from Stratford-on-Avon Or was he someone else writing under the pseudonym William Shakespeare The question has been called the foremost literary problem in world literature and historys biggest literary whodunnit Interest in it has never been greater and that interest is growing now that a consensus has formed for Edward de Vere the seventeenth earl of Oxford as the leading candidate Oxford a recognized poet playwright and patron of acting companies has eclipsed Bacon Marlowe and all the other candidates The Oxfordian challenge is now being covered in scholarly books in articles in magazines such as The New Yorker and Atlantic Monthly and on television including an hour-long PBS FrontLine program The issue has even been debated in a moot court before three justices of the Supreme Court--with an intriguing outcome
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