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Is Shakespeare Dead?

Mark Twain

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Description:

As a cub pilot, one of Mark Twain’s masters was a pilot named George Ealer, who recited Shakespeare by the hour -- from memory -- and who was a virulent opponent of the notion that the so-called Shakespeare plays and poems were in truth written by Sir Francis Bacon. At first young Sam Clemens agreed with his teacher and boss, but he soon realized that it was no fun for the pilot to argue with someone who agreed with him all of the time. And so, young Sam Clemens became quite skilled in defending this position: he said he was not a Shakespearite nor a Baconite, but that he was a "Brontosaurian": didn't know who did write them, but knew Shakespeare didn't. He explained, "It is the very way Professor Osborn and I built the colossal skeleton brontosaur that stands fifty-seven feet long and sixteen feet high in the Natural History Museum, and is the awe and admiration of all the world, the stateliest skeleton that exists on the planet. We had nine bones, and we built the rest of him out of plaster of Paris. We ran short of plaster of Paris, or we'd have built a brontosaur that could sit down beside the Stratford Shakespeare and none but an expert could tell which was biggest or contained the most plaster."

Language:

English

Narrators:

Richard Henzel

Length:

2h 42m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:41


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:52


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:45


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:29


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:49


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:28


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:29


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:18


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:33


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:23


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:00


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:32


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:31


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:08


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:03


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:25


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:10


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:28


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:49


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:24


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:05


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:59


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:57


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:37


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:08


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:55


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:46


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:19


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:13


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

00:40