Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?

Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?

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By (author) James Shapiro, Narrator Wanda McCaddon

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  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 186mm x 14mm | 82g
  • Publication date: 6 April 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Old Saybrook, CT
  • ISBN 10: 1400166489
  • ISBN 13: 9781400166480
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 1,170,569

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For nearly two centuries, the authorship of William Shakespeare's plays has been challenged by writers and artists as diverse as Sigmund Freud, Mark Twain, Henry James, Helen Keller, Orson Welles, Malcolm X, and Sir Derek Jacobi. How could a young man from rural Warwickshire, lacking a university education, write some of the greatest works in the English language? How do we explain the seemingly unbridgeable gap between Shakespeare's life and works? "Contested Will" unravels the mystery of Shakespeare's authorship, retracing why and when doubts first arose, what's at stake in the controversy for how we value Shakespeare's achievement, and why, in the end, there can be no doubt about who wrote the plays.

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James Shapiro is the Larry Miller Professor of English at Columbia University and the author of four books, including "A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599," which won the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize in the United Kingdom. Wanda McCaddon has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audio publishers and has earned more than twenty-five Earphones Awards from "AudioFile" magazine. She has also won a coveted Audie Award, and "AudioFile" has named her one of recording's Golden Voices.

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"Shapiro's lucid and fair-minded account and McCaddon's exemplary narration combine to make this work accessible to anyone who loves Shakespeare." ---AudioFile