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Supporters of alternative candidates argue that theirs is the more plausible aut

hor, and that William Shakespeare lacked the education, aristocratic sensibility
, or familiarity with the royal court that they say is apparent in the works.[11
] Those Shakespeare scholars who have responded to such claims hold that biograp
hical interpretations of literature are unreliable in attributing authorship,[12
] and that the convergence of documentary evidence used to support Shakespeare's
authorship title pages, testimony by other contemporary poets and historians, and
official records is the same used for all other authorial attributions of his era
.[13] No such direct evidence exists for any other candidate,[14] and Shakespear
e's authorship was not questioned during his lifetime or for centuries after his
death.[15]
Despite the scholarly consensus,[16] a relatively small[17] but highly visible a
nd diverse assortment of supporters, including prominent public figures,[18] hav
e questioned the conventional attribution.[19] They work for acknowledgment of t
he authorship question as a legitimate field of scholarly inquiry and for accept
ance of one or another of the various authorship candidates.[20]