Players

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History Press Limited, 2006 - Dramatists, English - 307 pages
For centuries, scholars have debated the true identity of the author of the poems and plays attributed to William Shakespeare. Mark Twain, Sigmund Freud, Charles Dickens, John Gielgud, and Derek Jacobi, among others, have cast irresolvable doubt on the Stratford man and proposed alternatives from rival playwrights Ben Jonson and Christopher Marlowe to Queen Elizabeth I. Why did Shakespeare leave behind not a single work in his own hand? Is it possible that the Stratford man - who had a grammar school education at best - possessed the depth of knowledge reflected in the work? Was there a single man in the English theatre who knew the etiquette of the nobility, the workings of the law, and the tactics of the military and navy? So, Fields asks in his tantalising conclusion, was this actually a magnificent collaboration between two men, a partnership protected for centuries by the greatest conspiracy in literary history?

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PLAYERS: The Shakespeare Mystery

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Hollywood entertainment lawyer Fields (Royal Blood, 1998; aka D. Kincaid, The Lawyer's Tale, 1992, etc.) dabbles in literary criticism by sifting through the elusive evidence of Shakespeare's probable ... Read full review

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This book lays out the arguments for various authorships very objectively. Author’s analysis of some of the plays is way off base, but this is not a book you would read when doing research on ... Read full review

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