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"In this biography, Wilson has marshaled all the known facts about the people he knew and places he lived, and woven them all together into a convincing, readable account of the elusive man from Stratford-upon-Avon. Much of this book reads like a detective story...[Wilson's] willingness to investigate areas that others have overlooked pays rich dividends." --Library Journal
"Ian Wilson's absorbing biography investigates the diverse theories about the historical Shakespeare.... Steers a trim middle course between the scholarly and the popular and is notable for its scrupulous attention to the pros and cons of a host of theories. The research (unusual in a book of this sort) is up to the minute.... Impressive." --Robert Taylor, The Boston Globe
"A splendid, fresh, significant work on Shakespeare. [Wilson's] prose is a wonderful reward in itself." --Park Honan, author of Jane Austen: A Life and Author's Lives
Ian Wilson studied at Magdalen College, Oxford, and is the author of many books, including the best-selling The Blood and the Shroud, Holy Faces, The Columbus Myth, and Shakespeare: The Evidence. He lives with his wife in Australia.