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The overwhelming favourite. The vast
majority of Shakespeare academics
express no doubt that William
Shakespeare––Stratford businessman,
actor, theater company share-holder––
wrote the plays and poems attributed
to him. Quartos and anecdotes from
his lifetime suggest that at least some  
contemporaries believed he was the
author, but Shakespeare's biography
creates serious doubts.
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Doubts about Shakespeare focus on
biographical inconsistencies. There is
no evidence he went to school,
traveled, learned foreign languages, or
spent time in an aristocratic milieu.
The Oxfordian theory proposes to
solve these problems since Edward
DeVere possessed many of the
educational and social attributes that
are on display in the works of
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Early skepticism about Shakespeare
focused on Francis Bacon. An
intellectual giant active during the
period when the works of Shakespeare
were produced, his defenders included
Mark Twain, who was convinced that
Bacon wrote Shakespeare. Like
Oxford, he possessed the necessary
education, the travel credentials, and
the familiarity with court evident in the
Shakespeare canon.
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The only candidate with the proven
ability to write poetry and dramatic
verse at a "Shakespearean" level. For
centuries, scholars have proclaimed
that Shakespeare learned how to write
by studying Marlowe's style.
Speculation that they were friends and
shared manuscripts is prompted by
the striking similarity of Marlowe's
later works to Shakespeare's early
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Shakespeare Authorship
The major candidates - Shakespeare, Oxford, Bacon, Marlowe
Shakespeare Resources
2. Facsimile copies of every Shakespeare Quarto published
prior to 1623. Allows for side-by-side comparisons. Click on
the screen shot.
1. Facsimile copy of the 1623 First Folio. Click on the
screen shot.
3. Facsimile copy of the 1609 Shakespeare's Sonnets
From the Malone collection, with an Introduction by
Sidney Lee. The facsimile starts on p.77. Click on the
screen shot.
4. Internet Shakespeare Editions. Facsimiles of the 1st,
2nd, 3rd, and 4th Folios, and many Quartos. Click on
the screen shot.