Contested Will

I’ve been reading (actually, listening to the audio of during my work commute) Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? by James Shapiro. A good book, with a pretty balanced take that lightly jabs at both believers in an alternate authorship of the Shakespeare plays and academics who scoff at such claims in a reactionary manner (although the author is firmly in the Stratfordian camp). It includes a few pages on Donnelly, but quite surprisingly (and disappointingly) completely skips over the fascinating history of the Bacon Society of London (although the author does cite their journal Baconiana a few times) and Mrs. Henry Potts’s influential role in shaping the authorship debate, not even to mention The Promus of Formularies and Elegancies. Harumph. But recommended nonetheless. Here’s a brief video of the author discussing the book.