- By Mark Twain

Is Shakespeare Dead?

  • Title: Is Shakespeare Dead?
  • Author: Mark Twain
  • ISBN: 9781419126796
  • Page: 283
  • Format: Paperback
  • Is Shakespeare Dead This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original Due to its age it may contain imperfections such as marks notations marginalia and flawed pages Because we believe this work is c

    This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world s literature in affordable, high quality, modernThis scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world s literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.

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    1. We have all heard of doubts and arguments that William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon wrote the plays attributed to him, but it was only on reading this book that I realised that those doubts surfaced as far back as the 1850’s.Here we have Mark Twain’s own theories which are well expounded in an eloquent yet easy to read style. Of course, being Mark Twain he has used his trademark humour to illustrate his points.As an entertainment I found it extremely enjoyable but to the literary stude [...]

    2. "I only believed Bacon wrote Shakespeare, whereas I knew Shakespeare didn’t." This is Twain's essential premise. We may not be able to prove conclusively who wrote the works that bear Shakespeare's name (though Francis Bacon gets Twain's vote), but given the facts, any thinking, "reasoning" (a word too often misappropriated by the Stratfordians, according to Twain) person can rule out William Shakespeare completely. If you want to enter the fray on the authorship controversy, this may not be t [...]

    3. Mark Twain takes up the the age old debate: whether Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare. With his typical humor and frank nature, Twain presents the evidence forth. But in the treatment of the study, I find myself unable to focus on the important (Shakespeare) since Twain starts to present a lot of things about his own upbringing. When he starts comparing himself to Shakespeare, any trace of scholarly expectations I had were gone, but I kept reading since his arguments are so lovely to hear at times a [...]

    4. I loved recording this book, and was flattered to read Kevin McDonnell's review in The Mark Twain Forum; here's an excerpt: "(Henzel) maintains a mild but steady Twain presence, with a soft drawl, appropriate pauses and phrasings, and pleasant modulations. He moves the text along in a convincing first-person voice without resorting to the exaggerated cornpone twang that might distract his listeners from Twain's message."

    5. For such a little book, Twain's rambling, sometimes funny but largely redundant trolling of the "thugs", "troglodytes", "bandoleers and buccaneers" who believe Stratford's William Shakespeare actually wrote Shakespeare's plays, does go on a bit.He rests his argument (if you can really call it that) on five main points:1) Shakespeare's upbringing was too humble.2) Shakespeare couldn't possibly have understood the law (and other trades) well enough to reference or portray them with any authenticit [...]

    6. Very entertaining discussion of the Shakespeare authorship question from an "Baconist" point of view. He makes some good points.1. The Plays and the Poetry are too good for someone of the Stratford-upon-Avon origins attributed to William Shakespeare. And too good for the fellow who scratched out "Good Friend for Iesus sake moves my bones" for his tomb.2. There is too much missing biography and too little time in London to acquire the author's many accomplishments while also scraping out a livin [...]

    7. I was intrigued by this book originally when reading some criticism and praise of it. As a satire, the book sounded like an interesting attack on just about all of the Shakespeare arguments as well as our tendency as a culture to try to overanalyze things. Sounds good, right? Unfortunately, the book didn't quite come off like that to me.Is Shakespeare Dead didn't just come off as a misinformed argument in favor of Baconian authorship, but it also came off as just a rushed and jumbled essay that [...]

    8. This book is not at all what I expected from famed satirist Mark Twain.I was expecting something fairly witty and light, and the book did start out like that but then it quickly descended into this long rant about how there wasn't any evidence William of Stratford was the Shakespeare who wrote the famed Plays and Poems. Mr. Twain seems to think that we just blindly accept the Stratford chap out of blind tradition and superstition. But I say to him that Will Shakespeare penned Shakespeare, I know [...]

    9. Really enjoyed this book. Twain is supremely sarcastic and well-informed on the subject of the true authorship of Shakespeare's works. Very fun read.

    10. Shakespeare didn't write Shakespeare. I think he's right, and he doesn't fail to entertain. A more scholarly treatment on the subject is Shakespeare's Unorthodox Biography by Diana Price.

    11. What we assume Shakespeare wrote:The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Ye all which it inherit, shall dissolveAnd, like this insubstantial pageant faded, Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff As dreams are made on, and our little life Is rounded with a sleep.What we know for certain he actually wrote:Good friend for Iesus sake forbeareTo digg the dust encloased heare:Blest be ye man yt spares these stonesAnd curst be he yt moves my bonesT [...]

    12. This little book is hilarious, but it's not about Shakespeare. Oh sure, on the surface it's an investigation into who authored the Plays and Poems, but if you only read it on the surface then you'll find it a puzzling and frustrating book. In the very first chapter, Twain explains that he had no good reason to care about the controversy to begin with. But the riverboat pilot he was apprenticed to loved to recite Shakespeare and draw our young Twain into debating the authorship question.This pass [...]

    13. A strange little book. Twain makes the case that Shakespeare was not the author of the works normally associated with him. He suggests that Francis Bacon is a better candidate. Some arguethat the entire thing is a satire and that Twain doesn't really believe this but is illustrating how persuasive false arguments can be.

    14. Are facts facts? An exploration of the authorship of Shakespeare's works: the Shakespeare- Bacon controversy. Twain knows how to make such an exploration interesting with his sarcastic humor. He comes with facts and surmises, and however it is clear to which side Twain is tending to, his own remarks held controversies within themselves as well:"when principle and personal interest found themselves in opposition to each other and a choice had to be made: I let principle go, and went to the other [...]

    15. A friend recommended I read this book. I'm not a big fan of Mark Twain and I guess I would also say that I am not a fan of the various theories that Shakespeare wasn't written by Shakespeare because X Y Z reasons. Therefore, I was not really a fan of this book. The best criticism of Shakespeare =/= Shakespeare theories is that they seem to find it impossible that someone from a lower class background could ever write something so lasting and important to culture (isn't it crazy?!?!), which is ju [...]

    16. I chose this book after seeing a great stage impersonation of Mark Twain expounding on his question of who really wrote the Shakespeare plays and poems. His comparison of this question to the question and validity of the Bible was hilarious, and much of it was word for word taken from this book. It was probably written before the Duke of Oxford became the prime possibility as the actual author, but Twain included him as one of several candidates for that honor. I would recommend "Is Shakespeare [...]

    17. This is not really "Is Shakespeare Dead" because he certainly is but who wrote Shakespeare's works? Twain makes a very interesting and plausible argument that Francis Bacon could have been the author, because there is no evidence that Shakespeare had any legal training and whoever wrote the works would virtually had to have been working as a lawyer (at some point in his life) to have such an indepth knowledge of English law and use legal jargon so extensively throughout his works.It certainly ma [...]

    18. Mark Twain offers his thoughts on whether Shakespeare was really the author of his plays. This starts out really good. I particularly liked the part where he talks about the necessity of experience in order to write about a topic well. Also, the part where he talks about his time on the Mississippi River with a captain who loved Shakespeare is interesting. At about the halfway point, this piece starts to ramble, though.

    19. At first the points Twain makes are feasible but on reading further, his arguments are disproved by other authors (Andrew Lang, Sidney Lee). His main argument seems to be that a young man who spent his time holding horses outside a theatre would have no time to write plays. This seems to me to be the main argument against Bacon being the author, surely he was one of the busiest men of the age, being a scientist, serious author, lawyer and politician! A very interesting read though.

    20. A captivating little book that outlines Mark Twain's response to the Shakespeare-Bacon debate. Sarcasm is rife, but at no point is he disparaging of either side of the argument. He makes his views on the 'who wrote it' saga pretty clear early on and then presents his reasons for them. The book is finished off with an overview of Twain's life and works.

    21. Certainly helped wake up my brain with it's syntax and arguments against the authorship question. While Twain says that Bacon MIGHT not be the author of the works credited to Shakespeare, he's definitely a more credible suspect than William Shakespeare of Stratford. Still, regardless of how strong his arguments, it's hard to throw centuries of claims that Shakespeare WAS the Bard.

    22. I enjoyed this narration by Richard Henzel. He has a great voice which seems appropriate to Mark Twain's writing. He is a one man Mark Twain audio powerhouse. He also posts on the Audiobook group and offers free samples from time to time, which is how I got this bookardhenzel/marktwai

    23. While I was already somewhat familiar with the "Shakespeare Controversy" over who actually wrote the works attributed to the Bard, Twain's handling of the topic (and he's clearly in the anti-Stratford camp) is as entertainingly biting as one would expect from the man who quipped: ���If you hold a cat by the tail you learn things you cannot learn any other way.���

    24. This is more than a book about the debate over Shakespeare's existence or his authorship of the plays. This is a book about how we get information and how we establish our beliefs. Twain is brilliantly simple and humorous in his writing and gives us a case that serves as an example for how we view religion, politics, education, familye list goes on.

    25. A thoughtful and interesting essay (does this qualify as an essay?) which is just as much about questioning traditions as it is about whether or not Francis Bacon was really the author of Shakepeare's plays -- and quite frankly, I could care less about the latter, but Twain delivered well. Strangely enough, begins with a great section about Satan.

    26. Nicely written. What I expect from Mark Twain. Hated the subject material. They said semi-autobiographical. But I was hoping for more than semi, I think.I don't care much about who wrote the Shakespeare plays.

    27. This is a very short book, but a hilariously funny account of the Shakespeare authorship question through the filter of the inimitable Mark Twain. He doesn't know who DID write the plays, but he's pretty certain who didn't.

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