"Author of "The Monument""
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Location: Nyack, NY, USA
Web Page: www.shakespearesmonument.com
In My Own Words:
Hank Whittemore is author of one novel and ten nonfiction books including his 900-page breakthrough work "The Monument" (2005), for which he received the Excellence in Scholarship Award from the Shakespeare Authorship Studies Centre at Concordia University in Portland OR. In addition to researching in London he performed his one-man show "Shake-speare's Treason", based on "The Monument", at Shakes… Read more
Hank Whittemore is author of one novel and ten nonfiction books including his 900-page breakthrough work "The Monument" (2005), for which he received the Excellence in Scholarship Award from the Shakespeare Authorship Studies Centre at Concordia University in Portland OR. In addition to researching in London he performed his one-man show "Shake-speare's Treason", based on "The Monument", at Shakespeare's Globe and Cambridge University. He has delivered papers for the Shakespeare Authorship Studies Conference at Concordia and annual gatherings of the Shakespeare Oxford Society and the Shakespeare Fellowship. His work has appeared in academic journals such as "The Oxfordian", "Brief Chronicles" and "Discovering Shakespeare", a special publication edited by Dr. Daniel Wright of Concordia, director of the Authorship Studies Centre.
Hank became a professional actor at nineteen, appearing on Broadway and in regional theater. He went into newspaper work at "The Reporter Dispatch" in White Plains, NY, and in radio at WVOX in New Rochelle, NY. His first book was a biography of the transit labor leader Mike Quill, which he followed with a range of works including "The Super Cops", a bestseller made into an MGM movie directed by Gordon Parks; "CNN: The Inside Story", about Ted Turner and the start of his all-news network; and "So That Others May Live", about a woman and her pioneering work with search-and-rescue dogs. Hank has written dozens of scripts for TV documentaries such as "The Body Human" (CBS), "The American Sportsman" (ABC) and "Phil Donahue Examines the Human Animal" (NBC). He has won two Emmy awards and the Writers Guild of America Award for documentary television and was a first-place winner of the Little Theatre of Alexandria National One-Act Play Contest. In addition, he has written nearly 100 cover stories for PARADE, the Sunday supplement.
He began his studies of Shakespeare while playing the roles of Cassio and Laertes in "Othello" and "Hamlet" at the University of Notre Dame. After more than a decade studying the life of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford (1550-1604) in conjunction with the works of Shakespeare, he unexpectedly discovered what appears to be the solution to the longstanding mystery of the Sonnets, which he then demonstrated in "The Monument" (2005). This new "macro" theory to explain the sequence of 154 sonnets answers all questions specifically while, for the first time, fitting together all pieces of the puzzle so they form a clear picture. So far the Monument Theory of the Sonnets has withstood all attempts to refute it while simultaneously yielding new evidence in its support.
He has now expanded his introduction to "The Monument", adding other elements to go with it; and the result, "Shakespeare's Son and His Sonnets", is now available to scholars and students and, also, to the widest audience of readers who love not only Shakespeare and English literature but, also, history and biography and the unraveling of a good old-fashioned mystery.
Hank lives in Nyack, NY with his wife Glo Janata Whittemore and their son Jake.
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