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Shakespeare, Bacon, And The Great Unknown
by Andrew Lang
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1912. Contents: Baconian and anti-William positions; "silence" about Shakespeare; that impossible he, the schooling of Shakespeare; Mr. Churton Collins on Shakespeare's learning; Shakespeare, genius and society; the courtly plays, "Love's Labor's Lost"; contemporary recognition of Will as author; "The Silence of Philip Henslowe"; later life of Shakespeare, his monument and portraits; the traditional Shakespeare; first folio; Ben Jonson and Shakespeare; preoccupation of Bacon; and appendices of "Troilus and Cressida" and Chettle's supposed allusion to Will Shakespeare.
The theory that Francis Bacon was, in the main, the author of Shakespeare's plays, has now been for fifty years before the learned world. Its advocates have met with less support than they had reason to expect. Their methods, their logic, and their hypotheses closely resemble those applied by many British and foreign scholars to Homer; and by critics of the very Highest School to Holy Writ. Yet the Baconian theory is universally rejected in England by the professors and historians of English literature; and generally by students who have no profession save that of Letters.
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