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Alias Shakespeare: Solving the Greatest Literary Mystery of Alltime Queries into the ''real'' authorship of William Shakespeare's plays and sonnets usually read — as former National Review contributor...Alias Shakespeare: Solving the Greatest Literary Mystery of Alltime Queries into the ''real'' authorship of William Shakespeare's plays and sonnets usually read — as former National Review contributor...1997-06-13

Queries into the ”real” authorship of William Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets usually read — as former National Review contributor Joseph Sobran admits with good humor — like ”a whodunit with a creaky plot.” Yet Alias Shakespeare: Solving the Greatest Literary Mystery of All Time raises legitimate, oh-so-nagging doubts — shared by Walt Whitman, Kenneth Branagh, and others — that the barely educated actor from Stratford was also the great author. Sobran’s masked man is the earl of Oxford, a brilliant, well-traveled courtier, poet, and premier patron of drama. Illicit affairs and Elizabethan disdain for publishing figure into his theory — which, if not always seamlessly persuasive, proves deliciously compelling. B+