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James Shapiro is one of the world’s experts on Shakespeare. He is a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, and has widely published on Shakespeare and Elizabethan culture, with bestselling books including 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare and Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? His latest offering, 1606: The Year of Lear, was listed among the best books of the year in various publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, The Sunday Times and The New Statesman. James is a governor of the Folger Shakespeare Library, on the board of directors of the Royal Shakespeare Company, is Shakespeare Scholar in Residence at New York's Public Theater, and in 2011 was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.