For more than a century, a debate has raged over the true identity of William Shakespeare. The historical record provides little information on the man, and some scholars doubt his existence. Mark Twain and many others claimed there was no Elizabethan playwright by the name Shakespeare. In this activity you will review the recent history of the debate to learn about the period of English history during which Shakespeare's plays were written.
Destination Title: The Shakespeare Mystery
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Start at the Shakespeare Mystery Web site.
- Click on The Debate Continues. From the list of links, click on Selected Readings.
- Read Al Austin's article "Who Wrote Shakespeare?" Take notes as you read.
After you have read the information, answer the following questions.