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Published on Nov 21, 2013
Shakespeare Authorship Question has never been more fun! Mark Twain's hilarious (1909) debunking of the myth that William Shakespeare wrote the works of Shakespeare. Listing the handful of established facts of Shakespeare's life, Twain ridicules the fantasy that a largely uneducated youth could have wandered into London and, with virtually none of the necessary skills, become the greatest author in English literature. This video was filmed at the 2003 Winnipeg Fringe Festival.
What is ignored by people in general, and academics in particular, is the breadth of Shakespeare's knowledge of law, philosophy, classical literature, ancient and modern history, mathematics, music, medicine, art, astronomy, military and naval terminology, English, French and Italian court life, and especially his comprehension of multiple languages. Shakespeare added hundreds of new words to the English language: all these words culled from other languages, both ancient and modern. And Shakespeare did all this without leaving a single trace of his skill? Nothing? No play, no poem, no letter in his own hand? And no mention of any writing is his long and detailed will?
Clearly there is a Shakespeare Authorship Question that can not be ignored.
Chosen "Best in Fest" at the 2014 Orlando Fringe Festival by the Orlando Weekly. "Montreal's Keir Cutler is offering one of the smartest, most thought-provoking shows at Fringe. Adapting the 1909 book Is Shakespeare Dead? by Mark Twain, Cutler -- using Twain's trademark intelligence and wit -- makes the strongest argument possible that William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon did not write the works credited to him."
"Is Shakespeare Dead? marshals startling facts into an elegant and often tenacious argument that floats on a current of delicious irony." Montreal Gazette.
". . . a highly entertaining and engrossing 45-minute performance!" EYE Weekly, Toronto.
"Magnificently witty performance!" Winnipeg Sun.
"Everyone will leave convinced the English-speaking world's greatest playwright is a hoax ... witty and compelling show." Winnipeg Free Press.