Books: Whodunit?

THE MURDER OF THE MAN WHO WAS "SHAKESPEARE" (232 pp.)—Calvin Hoffman—Julian Messner ($3.95).

Did William Shakespeare write the works of William Shakespeare? Charles Dickens was positively jumpy about the problem: "The life of William Shakespeare is a fine mystery," he wrote, "and I tremble every day lest something should turn up." Among those who have gone further and insisted that William Shakespeare was a mere pen name are men as different as Mark Twain (a whole-hog Baconian), Sigmund Freud (he rooted for the Earl of Oxford), Bismarck, Walt Whitman, Oliver Wendell Holmes. In...

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