Annie Martirosyan

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Shakespeare beyond Doubt: Evidence, Argument, Cont&hellip by Paul Edmondson
9 of 17 people found the following review helpful
The book consists of three parts. In "Sceptics", the authors take a close look at the roots of anti-Shakespeareanism which started in 1856 when an American lady named Delia Bacon became determined to prove Shakespeare was, in fact, Francis Bacon. Like bubonic plague, the idea infected many others and today there are over 70 candidates promoted for a post they will never get. Among other prominent candidates are Marlowe, Edward de Vere - 17th Earl of Oxford, and Elizabeth I.

Mathematically, each time an additional candidate is suggested, the probability decreases that any given name is the true author. -- Matt Kubus

In "Shakespeare as Author", the scholars expand on… Read more
The Demonic: Literature and Experience by Ewan Fernie
As the word "experience" in the title of the book expresses, Fernie's The Demonic: Literature and Experience exposes the intimate relation of literature to our lives as a genuine experience. Treating the demonic as a universal part of human nature, the author argues that the evil and the negativity is not opposed to the good and the divinity but is merged with it. The demonic in us accounts for our lives as much as our reason and objectivity.

Fernie argues that we all have a demon living inside us as part of our nature. Through his remarkably deep analysis of literary characters and historical figures we witness the revelation of our inner negativity. As Jonathan Dollimore… Read more
30 Great Myths About Shakespeare by Laurie Maguire
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The authors discuss some really burning issues like the autobiographical reading of the Sonnets, the anti-Stratfordian implications that follow the statement that Shakespeare never travelled, Shakespeare's religion, the association of Hamlet with Shakespeare's son Hamnet, the speculations of a modern Shakespeare writing for Hollywood. Every myth is as comprehensive as open-ended and in conclusion gives food for thought in form of rhetorical questions or reflective statements.

In the discussion of the myth that we do not know much about Shakespeare's life, Maguire and Smith nicely draw a parallel between Shakespeare and his contemporaries. This myth has long been toned down by… Read more