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Did William Shakespeare write an anonymously published play?

An expert is claiming to have proven that William Shakespeare wrote an unattributed play about Edward III by using computer software designed to detect plagarism.

Sir Brian Vickers, of the Institute of English Studies at the University of London, compared phrases used in The Reign of King Edward III, published anonymously in 1596, with early works by Shakespeare and is now convinced the work was a collaboration with Thomas Kyd, a popular playwright at the time.

Using software called Pl@giarism, which was developed to catch student cheats, he searched for ‘linguistic fingerprints’ – repeated phrases of three words or more – in plays from the period.

Sir Brian said in plays by different authors ten to 20 matches might be expected, but he found about 200 matches when comparing Edward III with Shakespeare’s early works.

One thought on “Did William Shakespeare write an anonymously published play?

  1. The way your caption under the Shakespeare painting reads (I suggest you read it again), the Bard wrote an unattributed play about Edward III by using computer software ! HIGHLY unlikely, to say the least.

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