Personally, I think the former is correct. My question is why this is the case. How would I know which pronoun is the one with which the verb agrees?

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    Welcome to English Language & Usage. I think you might show all of your thinking on the matter, then ask about anything that you are not sure of.
    – J. Taylor
    Oct 23, 2017 at 22:09
  • Who or what is 'Strindberg'? There is a possibility that notional agreement may be available if 'Strindberg' is a metonym for a company etc. Oct 23, 2017 at 22:26
  • en.wikipedia.org/wiki/August_Strindberg I just had to look it up.
    – user63615
    Oct 23, 2017 at 22:48
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    The subject of "does show" is the singular noun "Strindberg," so "does" is correct. (The only plural noun in sight is "ways," which is not the subject of "does show" but the object of the preposition "in".) Oct 24, 2017 at 3:25

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The subject is Strindberg, which is singular. Therefore, the verb 'does' agrees with it; 'do' doesn't. He/she/it does. They do.

There are no pronouns in the sentence.

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