He has been hailed as the greatest English writer of all time. His stories and characters are timeless. But some theorists have questioned the idea that William Shakespeare actually wrote the works attributed to him. Who wrote Shakespeare? That is the question. On Friday, May 20, 2016, Professor Jon Nelson of San Jacinto College, North Campus will discuss the authorship debate at the Deer Park Public Library. The program will begin at 11 AM in the library’s meeting room.
This year marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and his plays remain popular. Among the best known works bearing his name are Hamlet, Macbeth, the Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello and The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Is it possible that the most studied corpus in the English language came from another source? What aspects of Shakespeare’s life have produced such skepticism? Who are the other candidates for authorship of the Shakespeare texts? Were the works composed by a group or a single person? Does any evidence exist to support these theories?
This presentation is the latest installment in the library’s Featured Friday series. These monthly programs offer a variety of lectures, movies and special programs of cultural, historical and local interest.
Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Deer Park Public Library. No registration is required and all are welcome to attend. There is no admission fee. The library is located at 3009 Center St., Deer Park, TX 77536.