Shakespeare authorship subject of lecture


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Renowned Shakespeare scholar and author James Shapiro will present “Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?” this week at Kansas University. Shapiro will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Kansas Union Alderson Auditorium. He is presenting the KU Department of English annual Richard W. Gunn Memorial Lecture. The talk is free and open to the public. The lecture title is drawn from Shapiro’s 2010 book of the same title, which has received rave reviews in both the British and American press. Ward Elliott in the Los Angeles Times observed, “’Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?’ serves as the first full-length discussion of the big authorship question by a Shakespeare pro in 100 years, maybe the first ever. It’s worth the wait. Shapiro is a powerful, engaging writer with a gift for connecting great generalities and illustrating them with telling examples. ‘Contested Will’ explores the origin and development of the authorship question with unexpected openness.”


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