The Coalition's "Declaration of Reasonable Doubt" doesn't claim to know who wrote Shakespeare's plays, but it asks that the question "should, henceforth, be regarded in academia as a legitimate issue for research and publication." Hoping to start the trend is William Leahy, head of English at Brunel University who, later this month, will teach the first ever . course dedicated to the authorship question. "Shakespeare studies already look at his work from so many angles feminist, post-colonialist, historical," he says. "And I think it's important that the authorship question is one of them." This could be much ado about nothing. Or maybe, one day, the truth will out.
His poetry collection Strange Land (2010) was selected by poet Natasha Trethewey as a winner of the Crab Orchard Poetry Series in Poetry Open Competition Award. Hearon is the recipient of a PEN New England Discovery Award and a Friends of Literature Prize from Poetry magazine. His second collection of poems, No Other Gods ( Salmon Poetry, 2015), was a finalist for the Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor’s Choice Award, the May Swenson Poetry Award, and the Vassar Miller Poetry Prize. His poetry has been anthologized in Best New Poets 2007 . Hearon has also received the Dobie Paisano Fellowship from the University of Texas at Austin.
While leading his congregation at St. Patrick's, Swift began to write what would become his best-known work. In 1726, at last finished with the manuscript, he traveled to London and benefited from the help of several friends, who anonymously published it as Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, in Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of Several Ships —also known, more simply, as Gulliver's Travels . The book was an immediate success, and hasn't been out of print since its first run. Interestingly, much of the storyline points to historical events that Swift had lived through years prior, during intense political turmoil.