Anonymous Shake-Speare If you are interested in the true author of Shakespeare's canon, this is the book that you must read. Beware of reviewers who have not read this book but simply downplay it based on arguments which are refuted by the book itself and are not addressed and answered by the reviewer. This book is purposely not an easy read. Kurt Kreiler's research is meticulous and thoughtful. Mr. Kreiler first begins with an evidentiary analysis of why the actor from Stratford Upon Avon is not the author Shakespeare. In this section, Mr. Kreiler is strident and has a bit of a chip on his shoulder. This section of the book is the easiest reading. Next, the book analyzes in considerable detail the Italian plays and convincingly demonstrates that Shakespeare certainly had to have visited Italy in order to write portions of the plays because they show an intimate knowledge of the geography of Italy. Minute details of places and their locations could not be gleaned from merely reading about Italy. The dates of authorship of ten plays are pinpointed by Kreiler as being written much earlier than previously assumed. The author then reviews writings of contemporaries of Shakespeare who refer to Edward de Vere as the true author of the plays. This important portion of the book is the most difficult reading because there is no direct reference to the 17th Earl of Oxford by his contempories. An understanding of the code language used by contemporaneous authors is necessary and this requires study of their writings and Kreiler's arguments. The most rewarding and sometimes sad portions of the book are in the third section which gives a biography of Edward de Vere. Lastly, Mr. Kreiler explains why Edward de Vere wished to be anonymous during his lifetime and, significantly, why his heirs continued to keep his authorship of the Shakespeare canon anonymous. Finally, the author explains that the true identity of the author of the Shakespeare canon is necessary because it is helpful in interpreting the canon and in correctly identifying the canon. The acknowledgment of the true author of the Shakespeare canon will, of course, destroy the Stratford Upon Avon tourism industry. There is no excuse, however, for academia to refuse to identify Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, as Shakespeare. Another excellent book on this topic is Mark Anderson's "Shakespeare" By Another Name.