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Daily Telegraph (UK) puzzle expert Barry R. Clarke guides the reader through the case for the philosopher Sir Francis Bacon as the author of the Shakespeare work. We shall see that, apart from Shakspere the actor's name being on the work, and a few cryptic tributes in the First Folio (1623), there is surprisingly little evidence supporting his claim for authorship. Bacon, then regarded as the finest mind for 500 years, appears to have used Shakspere's name to advertise his moral philosophy. There have been many books on this question, often trivialising the issue with recourse to masonic societies and hidden supernatural messages. However, this is a tightly argued sober investigation with full references and surprising new evidence.
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Barry R. Clarke is author of Brain Busters (Dover: 2003), Challenging Logic Puzzles from Mensa (Sterling: 2003), and Puzzles 4 Pleasure (Cambridge University Press: 1994). His work has also appeared on BBC TV.Review:
... a book capable of fostering new research ... -- Kasper Hews (Globe theatre, January 4 2006)
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