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Critic's Notebook: Who wrote 'Hamlet'?

November 19, 2011 |  9:00 am

Kevin Kline as Hamlet
Who was it that wrote “Hamlet” again?  Shakespeare, the 17th Earl of Oxford, some other Elizabethan scribbler or all of the above? 

Roland Emmerich's film "Anonymous" has raised the infamous authorship issue, arguing in favor of the Earl of Oxford.

While I’m decidedly in the Shakespeare camp, I think the issue is more complicated than the Shakespeare debunkers and defenders have let on.  Indeed, the "all of the above" option  might be closest to the truth.

To read my take on the matter in Sunday's Arts & Books, please click here. 


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Photo: Kevin Kline as Hamlet. Credit: Martha Swope