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Bacon is Shake-Speare   By: (1837-1914)

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Bacon is Shake-Speare by Sir Edwin Durning-Lawrence offers a unique perspective on the authorship debate surrounding the works of William Shakespeare. Delving into the mysteries and controversies that have fueled this long-standing discussion, Durning-Lawrence presents a compelling case for Francis Bacon as the true Shakespeare.

The book begins by exploring the historical context in which Bacon and Shakespeare lived, highlighting the remarkable intellect and creative prowess of both individuals. Durning-Lawrence then meticulously analyzes the linguistic and philosophical similarities between Bacon's writings and Shakespeare's plays, drawing fascinating parallels that lend weight to his argument.

One of the strengths of this book is the author's extensive research, which spans across a wide range of topics, including cryptography, esoteric symbolism, and Elizabethan politics. By unraveling hidden messages and hidden references within the plays, Durning-Lawrence provides an intriguing narrative that adds a layer of depth to the Shakespearean canon.

Moreover, the author's passionate prose keeps the reader engaged throughout the book. Durning-Lawrence's enthusiasm for his subject matter shines through, and his ability to explain complex concepts in a clear and accessible manner is commendable. Readers with varying degrees of familiarity with Shakespearean scholarship will find this book to be both informative and thought-provoking.

However, it is important to approach this book with an open mind, as the argument put forth by Durning-Lawrence challenges the traditional attribution of Shakespeare's works to William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon. While some may find it difficult to accept Bacon as the true author, the author's thorough analysis of the evidence ensures that the reader is presented with a balanced perspective, leaving room for personal interpretation.

Overall, Bacon is Shake-Speare raises fascinating questions about authorship and intellectual legacy. Durning-Lawrence's meticulous research and engaging writing style make this book a valuable addition to the ongoing debate surrounding Shakespeare's works. It is an ideal read for both scholars and enthusiasts interested in exploring alternative theories about the Bard's true identity.

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[Illustration: Plate I From "Sylva Sylvarum," 1627]




"Every hollow Idol is dethroned by skill, insinuation and regular approach."

Together with a Reprint of Bacon's Promus of Formularies and Elegancies.

Collated, with the Original MS. by the late F.B. BICKLEY, and revised by F.A. HERBERT, of the British Museum.



The plays known as Shakespeare's are at the present time universally acknowledged to be the "Greatest birth of time," the grandest production of the human mind. Their author also is generally recognised as the greatest genius of all the ages. The more the marvellous plays are studied, the more wonderful they are seen to be.

Classical scholars are amazed at the prodigious amount of knowledge of classical lore which they display. Lawyers declare that their author must take rank among the greatest of lawyers, and must have been learned not only in the theory of law, but also intimately acquainted with its forensic practice. In like manner, travellers feel certain that the author must have visited the foreign cities and countries which he so minutely and graphically describes.

It is true that at a dark period for English literature certain critics denied the possibility of Bohemia being accurately described as by the sea, and pointed out the "manifest absurdity" of speaking of the "port" at Milan; but a wider knowledge of the actual facts has vindicated the author at the expense of his unfortunate critics... Continue reading book >>

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