James Shapiro: Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? at Folger Theatre
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The last date listed for James Shapiro: Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? was Friday April 16, 2010 / 8:00pm.
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This was a near full attended event that took place across the street from the Folger theater. The speaker was captivating and held everyone's attention for the full hour that he spoke. The question period at the end was great, as Mr. Shapiro came into the audience to receive questions. Afterwards, we were invited across the street to the Folger for light refreshments and a book signing. It was well set up and the flow of buying the book and getting it signed was great. Plus, this was the first author I have been to a signing with who actually cared to write something personal and have a conversation with each attendee.
I would attend another lecture either by James Shapiro or at the Shakespeare Library at any time. Wonderful experience!
Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro reads from and discusses his new book, Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?
Shapiro embarks on a search to answer the question he is most asked by lecture audiences far and wide: “Who wrote the plays?” He maintains that in England the debate has to do with class, while in American circles, it has more to do with a commitment to conspiracy theories. For Shapiro, at the root of this mystery is an inability to understand why so many people subscribe to the belief that Shakespeare wasn’t writing primarily for the general public.
Shapiro is the author of A Year in the Life of Shakespeare: 1599, Rival Playwrights, Shakespeare and the Jews, and Oberammergau. He is a professor at Columbia University.