Bestselling and prizewinning author James Shapiro talks about his new book Contested Will â€“ the definitive investigation into who wrote Shakespeareâ€™s plays.
For 200 years after Shakespeareâ€™s death, no one thought to argue that somebody else had written his plays. Since then, dozens of rival candidates have been proposed as the true author.
Shapiroâ€™s fascinating search for the source of this controversy retraces a path strewn with fabricated documents, calls for trials, false claimants, concealed identity, bald-faced deception and a failure to grasp what could not be imagined.
Contested Will is the definitive exploration into the reasons why Shakespeare's authorship of the plays has been questioned.