Who Wrote Shakespeare's Plays?


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While most Shakespeare scholars agree that William Shakespeare wrote the plays attributed to him, others, known as anti-Stratfordians, point to Christopher Marlowe, Sir Francis Bacon, Edward de Vere and others as possible authors. Many anti-Stratfordians believe clues pointing to the true author are hidden in the text of the plays.

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Those who disbelieve that Shakespeare wrote the plays attributed to him point to his lack of education, the lack of evidence from his time documenting his work and his failure to mention any of his plays in his will. They also argue that the plays are internally inconsistent in terms of writing style and word usage, and that the other candidates for authorship had personal or political reasons for not wishing to be associated with the plays.

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