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The Shakespeare Wars: Clashing Scholars, Public Fiascos, and Palace Coups by Ron Rosenbaum
In The Shakespeare Wars, Ron Rosenbaum doesn't explore the debate about who really wrote Shakespeare's plays, poetry, and sonnets, but rather what it is about these works that makes them special, that makes them Shakespeare. Transformed in 1970 by seeing a production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in Shakespeare's own birthplace, Rosenbaum has studied and explored all things Shakespeare in trying to determine why Shakespeare's writing remains studied and fought over centuries after they were originally produced. By investigating the opposing claims of different scholars as well as the history of Shakespeare scholarship, Rosenbaum may or not be able to answer his own question, but it's undeniable that he's enjoyed the journey. The Shakespeare Wars has received mostly positive reviews with the Washington Times saying, "It's not an introduction for the absolute novice; you'll need some familiarity with the canon and some of Mr. Rosenbaum's zeal to understand what he's talking about. That said, he just may convince you, as he did me, that the fact these works came into existence -- against all odds and logic and the limits of human capability -- is one of the happiest, most imponderable miracles of all time."