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The Baconian theory of Shakespeare authorship holds that Sir Francis Bacon, philosopher, essayist and scientist, wrote the plays which were publicly attributed to William Shakespeare. Various explanations are offered for this alleged subterfuge, most commonly that Bacon's rise to high office might have been hindered were it to become known that he wrote plays for the public stage. Thus the plays were credited to Shakespeare, who was merely a front to shield the identity of Bacon.
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    • Terminology 

    • History of Baconian theory 

    • Credentials for authorship 

    • Alleged coded references to Bacon's authorship 

    • Gray's Inn revels 1594–95 

    • Verbal parallels 

    • Arguments against Baconian theory 

    • References in popular culture