Is Shakespeare Dead? is a short, semi-autobiographical work by American Mark Twain. It explores the controversy over the authorship of the Shakespeareanliterary canon via satire, anecdote, and extensive quotation of contemporary authors on the subject.
In the book, Twain expounds the view that Shakespeare of Stratford was not the author of the canon, and lends tentative support to the Baconian theory. The book opens with a scene from his early adulthood, where he was trained to be a steamboat pilot by an elder who often argued with him over the controversy.