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Did Shakespeare Base His Masterpieces on Works by an Obscure Elizabethan Playwright?

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New research suggests that a long-forgotten playwright might be the source of some of Shakespeare's most memorable works. As journalist Michael Blanding argues in North by Shakespeare: A Rogue Scholar's Quest for the Truth Behind the Bard's Work, Sir Thomas North, who was born nearly 30 years before the Bard, may have penned early versions of All's Well That Ends Well, Othello, Richard II, A Winter's Tale, Henry VIII and several other plays later adapted by the better-known dramatist.