Who Wrote Shakespeare?

Ian Wilson, James Shapiro

Can William Shakespeare, a country bumpkin write the plays attributed to him?

These 2 books address this burning question head-on.

The plays show the playwright has a good knowledge of history and foreign places. The Merchant of Venice was set in Venice. Romeo and Juliet in Verona. Hamlet in Denmark.

Merchant of Venice shows an acute knowledge of the discrimination against the Jews by the Christians.

Here is the famous soliloquy by Shylock on how the Jews had been ill-treated by the Christians:
“ …
I am a Jew. Hath
not a Jew eyes? hath not a Jew hands, organs,
dimensions, senses, affections, passions? fed with
the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject
to the same diseases, healed by the same means,
warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as
a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed?
if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison
us, do we not die?…

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