Is Shakespeare Dead? from my autobiography by Mark Twain

If ever you’ve pondered on this question, perhaps Mark Twain himself can lend you a hand in the answer. Here’s a brief passage:

The author of the Plays was equipped, beyond every other man of his time,
with wisdom, erudition, imagination, capaciousness of mind, grace and
majesty of expression.  Every one has said it, no one doubts it.  Also,
he had humor, humor in rich abundance, and always wanting to break out.
We have no evidence of any kind that Shakespeare of Stratford possessed
any of these gifts or any of these acquirements.  The only lines he ever
wrote, so far as we know, are substantially barren of them–barren of all
of them.

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