This week’s Book of the Week is ‘Shakespeare Beyond Doubt: Evidence, Argument, Controversy’ edited by Paul Edmonson and Stanley Wells. Like previous Book of the Week‘s including Shapiro’s Contested Will, Bryson’s Shakespeare and Nicholl’s The Lodger, it probes the question of authorship – did Shakespeare write Shakespeare? This collection of essays is the most authoritative study yet and brings fresh perspectives to a persistent and intriguing cultural phenomenon. You can order it from the Globe shop here.

Here’s what the critics say about Edmonson and Wells’ book:

‘This book helpfully pulls together irrefutable evidence – ranging from manuscripts to funeral monuments to the personal testimony of friends and rivals – that Shakespeare really was Shakespeare.’
Jonathan Bate, New Statesman

‘Until now no book has provided the comprehensive evidence necessary to satisfy those “Reasonable Doubters”.’
James Shapiro

‘Well conceived and energetic.’
The Times Literary Supplement

‘This excellent collection, edited by Paul Edmondson and Stanley Wells, assumes that it is possible to engage with the doubters in an honest, honourable, and constructive dialogue.’
Quarto

Let us know what you thought. Share with us your own reviews in the comments below.

Look out every Friday for our weekly feature on particularly noteworthy and memorable Shakespeare books, available from the Globe Shop

Shakespeare Beyond Doubt: Evidence, Argument, Controversy is available for £18.99 in the Globe shop.