(Valerie Grove’s article appeared in the Times of London, 4/10.)
Did Shakespeare write Double Falsehood?
After centuries of debate, a scholar claims proof of the Bard's hand in 'his last play'
Professor Brean Hammond has every reason to be cheerful. His sleuthing and rigorous textual annotation, which has obsessed him for 20 years, has borne fruit: another play by Shakespeare is officially recognised in the canon. On the day Double Falsehood was published in the Arden Shakespeare series, Hammond was able to announce to listeners of the Radio 4 Today programme: “I am relatively sure that some part of this play is Shakespeare’s work.” His cautious emphases made James Naughtie rattle his jowls in a sceptical old Scotsman’s way.
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