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Publisher Description

**Winner of the 2021 International Book Award in Narrative Non-Fiction**

The true story of a self-taught sleuth’s quest to prove his eye-opening theory about the source of the world’s most famous plays, taking readers inside the vibrant era of Elizabethan England as well as the contemporary scene of Shakespeare scholars and obsessives.


What if Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare...but someone else wrote him first? Acclaimed author of The Map Thief, Michael Blanding presents the twinning narratives of renegade scholar Dennis McCarthy and Elizabethan courtier Sir Thomas North. Unlike those who believe someone else secretly wrote Shakespeare, McCarthy argues that Shakespeare wrote the plays, but he adapted them from source plays written by North decades before. Blanding alternates between the enigmatic life of North, the intrigues of the Tudor court, the rivalries of English Renaissance theater, and academic outsider McCarthy’s attempts to air his provocative ideas in the clubby world of Shakespearean scholarship. Through it all, Blanding employs his keen journalistic eye to craft a captivating drama, upending our understanding of the beloved playwright and his “singular genius.”

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2021
March 30
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
368
Pages
PUBLISHER
Hachette Books
SELLER
Hachette Digital, Inc.
SIZE
33.6
MB

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