Books: The Bard for Today

WILL SHAKSPERE AND THE DYER'S HAND —Alden Brooks—Scribner's ($5).

SHAKESPEARE AND THE NATURE OF MAN — Theodore Spencer — Macmillan ($2.75).

Who really wrote Shakespeare's plays? Was it Francis Bacon? Or a couple of other fellows? Or was it, by some stretch of the imagination, after all, Shakespeare himself? This never-quite-laid ghost has haunted the battlements of English literature for 100 years. In many corners of the world, scholarly and unscholarly fanatics have spent the best part of their lives trying to prove that the son of a simple Stratford-on-Avon townsman was literature's greatest...

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