"My Library Was Dukedom Large Enough": Academic Libraries Mediating the Shakespeare Authorship Debate
Dudley, Michael Quinn. "'My Library Was Dukedom Large Enough': Academic Libraries Mediating the Shakespeare Authorship Debate." Partnership: The Canadian Journal of library and information Practice and Research, 8(2) (2013): 1-9. DOI: 10.21083/partnership.v8i2.2803.
The "Shakespeare Authorship Question"—regarding the identity of the poet-playwright—has been debated for over 150 years. Now, with the growing list of signatories to the "Declaration of Reasonable Doubt," the creation of a Master's Degree program in Authorship Studies at Brunel University in London, the opening of the Shakespeare Authorship Research Studies Center at the Library of Concordia University in Portland, and the release of two competing high-profile books both entitled Shakespeare Beyond Doubt, academic libraries are being presented with a unique and timely opportunity to participate in and encourage this debate, which has long been considered a taboo subject in the academy.