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The views expressed in the publications listed on this page are not necessarily representative of those held by the trustees of the Shakespearean Authorship Trust. We list books and articles on the authorship issue which have come to our attention in order to promote and inform debate on the authorship issue.

The descriptions of the contents of the books are taken from promotional material, press releases, publishers' websites, book covers, etc.


My Shakespeare: The Authorship Controversy
Editor: William Leahy (Edward Everett Root, 2018)
Contributors: Ros Barber, Barry Clarke, John Casson with William Rubinstein & David Ewald, William Leahy, Alan H. Nelson, Diana Price, Alexander Waugh, Robin Williams
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-91145-454-0
Hardback ISBN: 978-1-91145-455-7
E-book ISBN: 978-1-91145-456-4
Who really wrote the Shakespeare plays? This important literary and cultural controversy is livelier and more widely discussed than ever before. Here, nine leading experts offer their version of who wrote the plays.

The Fictional Lives of Shakespeare
by Kevin Gilvary (Routledge, 2017)
Hardback ISBN: 978-0815394433
E-book ISBN: 978-1351186070
Modern biographies of William Shakespeare abound; however, close scrutiny of the surviving records clearly show that there is insufficient material for a cradle to grave account of his life, that most of what is written about him cannot be verified from primary sources, and that Shakespearean biography did not attain scholarly or academic respectability until long after Samuel Schoenbaum published William Shakespeare A Documentary Life in 1975. This study begins with a short survey of the history and practice of biography and then surveys the very limited biographical material for Shakespeare. Although Shakespeare gradually attained the status as a national hero during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, there were no serious attempts to reconstruct his life. Any attempt at an account of his life or personality amounts, however, merely to "biografiction".

Shakespeare Beyond Doubt?: Exposing an Industry in Denial
Editors: John M. Shahan and Alexander Waugh (Shakespeare Authorship Coalition, 2013)
Contributors: John M. Shahan, Alexander Waugh, A.J. Pointon, Frank Davis, Bonner Miller Cutting, Ramon Jiminez, Thomas Regnier, Earl Showerman, John M. Rollett, Richard F. Whalen, Donald P. Hayes.
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-62550-033-5
E-book ISBN: 978-1-62550-034-2
Unsettled by the success of the Shakespeare Authorship Coalition and its Declaration of Reasonable Doubt About the Identity of William Shakespeare, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon claims in its book Shakespeare Beyond Doubt that there is "no doubt" that Shakspere of Stratford wrote the works of William Shakespeare. This book questions that claim, and thus its near-identical title, Shakespeare Beyond Doubt? Endorsers include SAC patrons Sir Derek Jacobi, Mark Rylance and Michael York, and academics in the fields of English Literature, History, Theater, Anthropology, Social Psychology, Psychiatry and Physics.

Shakespeare Beyond Doubt: Evidence, Argument, Controversy
Editors: Stanley Wells and Paul Edmondson (Cambridge University Press, 2013)
Contributors: Paul Edmondson, Stanley Wells, Graham Holderness, Alan Stewart, Charles Nicholl, Alan H. Nelson, Matt Kubus, Andrew Hadfield, John Jowett, MacDonald P. Jackson, James Mardock, Eric Rasmussen, David Kathman, Carol Rutter, Barbara Everett, Kate McLuskie, Andrew Murphy, Paul Franssen, Stuart Hampton-Reeves, Douglas M. Lanier, James Shapiro, Hardy Cook
ISBN: 9781107603288
ISBN: 9781107017597
"Did Shakespeare write Shakespeare? The authorship question has been much treated in works of fiction, film and television, provoking interest all over the world... But why and how did the authorship question arise and what does surviving evidence offer in answer to it? This authoritative, accessible and frequently entertaining book sets the debate in its historical context and provides an account of its main protagonists and their theories. Presenting the authorship of Shakespeare's works in relation to historiography, psychology and literary theory, twenty-three distinguished scholars reposition and develop the discussion. The book explores the issues in the light of biographical, textual and bibliographical evidence to bring fresh perspectives to an intriguing cultural phenomenon."

The Truth About William Shakespeare: Fact, Fiction, and Modern Biographies
by David Ellis (Edinburgh University Press, 2013
Hardback: 208 pages
ISBN: 9780748646661
"A polemical attack on the ways recent Shakespeare biographers have disguised their lack of information... How can biographies of Shakespeare continue to appear when so little is known about him? ...Key Features - An exposé of the Shakespeare biography industry showing that books which are marketed as biographies of Shakespeare are nothing of the kind...From this book, the reader can learn all that is directly known about Shakespeare ...Asks the reader to think about how we acquire our knowledge of other people and what we ought therefore to expect of biographies."

Shakespeare's Unorthodox Biography : New Evidence of an Authorship Problem
by Diana Price (shakespeare-authorship.com, 2012)
Paperback: 384 pages
ISBN: 9780986032608
The essential book on the authorship question, finally available in affordable paperback. It is updated with corrections and new material, including:

For those new to the Authorship controversy, this book will help you understand and appreciate why the Question exists at all. The author does not promote any alternative candidate, but clearly analyses the evidence for suggesting that Shakespeare's authorship of all the plays and poems conventionally attributed to him can reasonably be called into doubt. For those familiar with the Authorship Question, Diana Price's brilliant book is affordable at last.

30 Great Myths about Shakespeare
by Laurie Maguire and Emma Smith (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012)
Paperback: 224 pages
ISBN: 9780470658512
Hardback 224 pages
ISBN 9780470658505
"Was a real skull used in the first performance of Hamlet? .... Exploring and exploding 30 popular myths about the great playwright, this illuminating new book evaluates all the evidence to show how historical material - or its absence - can be interpreted and misinterpreted, and what this reveals about our own personal investment in the stories we tell."

Who Was William Shakespeare?: An Introduction to the Life and Works
by Dymphna Callaghan (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012)
Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN: 9780470658475
Hardback: 320 pages
ISBN: 9780470658468
"A new study of Shakespeare's life and times, which illuminates our understanding and appreciation of his works...Combines an accessible fully historicised treatment of both the life and the plays...Looks at 24 of the most significant plays and the sonnets through the lens of various aspects of Shakespeare's life and historical environment ...Addresses four of the most significant issues that shaped Shakespeare's career:  education, religion, social status, and theatre ...Explains and dispatches conspiracy theories about authorship."

The Man Who was Never Shakespeare: The Theft of William Shakespeare's Identity
by A J Pointon (Parapress, 2011)
Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN: 978-1-898594-88-8
"...Prof. Pointon became interested in the Shakespeare Authorship Question when defending the widely held Stratfordian claim in a debate... A must-read for everyone interested in the Authorship Question, it provides a detailed examination and collation of the evidence surrounding it....Pointon restores William Shakspere's real identity (even the name is spelt differently) through a reconstruction of his family and lifestyle. Although not claiming to identify who was hidden behind the pseudonym "William Shakespeare", he points to a resolution of the problem."

The Earl of Oxford and the Making of "Shakespeare" -The Literary Life of Edward de Vere in Context
by Richard Malim (McFarland & Co, 2012)
Paperback: 240 pages
ISBN 13: 9780786463138
"This historical book investigates the role of Edward de Vere, establishing him as the most likely candidate for authorship of Shakespeare's literary oeuvre. Topics include an historical overview of English literature from 1530 to 1575, major contemporary transitions in the theatre, and an examination of Oxford's life and the events leading to his literary prominence."

Who Wrote Shakespeare's Plays? by William D Rubinstein. (Amberley Publishing, 2012)
Hardback: 160 pages
ISBN: 9781445601908
"Who Wrote Shakespeare's Plays? provides a clear, objective guide to the Shakespeare authorship question by examining .... in an objective way the strengths and deficiencies of the arguments for each potential Shakespeare: Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford; Sir Francis Bacon; Christopher Marlowe; William Stanley, 6th Earl of Derby; Roger Manners, 5th Earl of Rutland; Mary Sidney; Sir Henry Neville. William Rubinstein goes on to consider William Shakespeare himself in the same objective fashion."

The Shakespeare Guide to Italy: Retracing the Bard's Unknown Travels by Richard Paul Roe. (Harper Perennial, 2011)
Paperback:336 pages
ISBN-10: 0062074261
ISBN-13: 9780062074263
"Equal parts literary detective story and vivid travelogue, The Shakespeare Guide to Italy chronicles author Richard Paul Roe's thirty-year quest to find the locations in which Shakespeare set his ten Italian plays - delivering a text which will forever change our understanding of how to read the Bard of Avon and irrevocably alter our vision of who William Shakespeare really was."


Being Shakespeare by David Grant (CreateSpace, 2013)
Paperback: 210 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1482021486
"Being Shakespeare is a novel written as an autobiography. The aim is to present the poet/playwright as a flesh-and-blood person endowed with what was in his time a unique ability for creating believable characters on the stage, not as representations of ideas as in the centuries before him, but as real people."

The Marlowe Papers by Ros Barber (Sceptre, 2012)
Hardback: 464 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1444737387
"An outstanding verse novel, which recreates the dramatic story of Christopher Marlowe's life and shows how he could have written the works attributed to Shakespeare....On May 30th, 1593, a celebrated young playwright was killed in a tavern brawl in London. That, at least, was the official version. Now Christopher Marlowe reveals the truth.... that he continued to write plays and poetry, hiding behind the name of a colourless man from Stratford - one William Shakespeare."

My Dark Lady: Shakespeare's Lost Play by Dan Walker (eBookIt.com, 2011)
Ebook: 379 pages
"Author Dan Walker's inspiration for his richly detailed novel began with a simple question: Who knew more about the man who was Shakespeare than the woman he loved? And so he decided to bring the Dark Lady to life as his narrator. By presenting the authorship mystery from this incredible woman's perspective, Walker has given the whole brain-teasing riddle a new and wonderfully entertaining twist."


I am Shakespeare by Mark Rylance (Nick Hern Books, 2012)
Paperback: 104 pages
ISBN-13: 9781848422698
20% discount available through the website.
"A fascinating, witty and characteristically exuberant dramatic exploration of the Shakespeare authorship debate....First performed at Chichester Festival Theatre in 2007, Rylance's provocative play introduces us to four candidates and their respective claims - whilst asking fundamental questions about what makes a genius, and why it all matters anyway."


The books listed below have previously appeared in the Recent Publications section above.

The views expressed in the publications listed on this page are not necessarily representative of those held by the trustees of the Shakespearean Authorship Trust. We list books and articles on the authorship issue which have come to our attention in order to promote and inform debate on the authorship issue.
The descriptions of the contents of the books are taken from promotional material, press releases, publishers' websites, book covers, etc.

Shakespeare's Lost Kingdom: The True History of Shakespeare and Elizabeth by Charles Beauclerk (Grove Press, 2010)
ISBN-13: 978-0-8021-1940-7

Shakespeare and His Authors: Critical Perspectives on the Authorship Question by William Leahy (Author, Editor), (Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd, 2010)
(Paperback, 192 pages)
ISBN-10: 0826426115
ISBN-13: 978-0826426116

The De Vere Code: Proof of the True Author of Shake-Speares Sonnets by Jonathan Bond (Real Press, 2009)
Hardback: 144 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9564127-9-9

Shakespeare's Truth by Rex Richards (Thrilling Books, 2009)
Paperback:384 pages
ISBN-10: 0956234003
ISBN- 13: 978-0956234001
By weaving the Shakespeare authorship question into a commercial fictional novel, Rex hopes to bring the debate to a much wider audience who have never questioned Shakespeare's authority.

Much Ado About Noting: Henry Neville and Shakespeare's Secret Source by John Casson (Dolman Scott, 2010)
ISBN- 10: 1905553579
ISBN- 13: 978-1905553570
An examination of manuscripts which offer new evidence that Henry Neville was the writer of the works of Shakespeare.

Enter Pursued by a Bear: The Unknown Plays of Shakespeare-Neville by John Casson (Music for Strings, 2009, Dolman Scott, 2010)
ISBN-10: 190542406X
ISBN-13: 978-1905424061
Evidence for Henry Neville's authorship and an examination of early anonymous works that were Shakespeare's juvenalia.

John Florio, The Man who was Shakespeare by Lamberto Tassinari. (Giano Books, 2009)
ISBN-10: 2981035819
ISBN- 13: 978-2981035813

The Shakespeare Controversy: An Analysis of the Authorship Theories (2nd ed.) by Warren Hope and Kim Holston (McFarland and Co., 2009).
Paperback: 260 pages
ISBN- 10: 0786439173
ISBN- 13: 9780786439171

Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare by James Shapiro, (Faber and Faber, 2010)
ISBN- 10: 057123576X
ISBN- 13: 978-0571235766