Coalition Aims To Expose Shakespeare

LONDON (AP) -- Who wrote Shakespeare's plays and poetry?

Some of Britain's most distinguished Shakespearean actors are questioning the obvious answer. They've reopened the debate over whether William Shakespeare actually wrote the works that bear his name.

Nearly 300 people have signed a "Declaration of Reasonable Doubt."

They're out to prove that Shakespeare, a 16th-century commoner raised in an illiterate household, could not have written the much-loved plays.

The "real" author has been identified by various writers in the past as Christopher Marlowe, Francis Bacon, or the Earl of Oxford, Edward de Vere.

Actor Derek Jacobi, one of the signers, subscribes to the theory that a group of people was behind the Bard's works.

The Shakespeare Authorship Coalition aims to provoke new research into who was responsible for the plays, sonnets and poems attributed to the writer.

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