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Shakespeare By Another Name Kindle Edition
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Obviously the" Shakespeare Industry" which has grown up around the "Shakespeare Myth" has strong vested interests in preserving the traditional myth, which we are taught in school.("The Stratfordians" seem to have an almost religious faith in defense of their orthodoxy.)
This extremely meticulous,logically argued and detailed biography of The Earl of Oxford provides very convincing evidence of who the writer of the body of works,and his associates were.
You do not need to be a Shakespearean literary expert to enjoy the compelling,and enjoyable investigative nature of this well written,and structured book.
The Biography of the very human,very flawed,and largely forgotten Earl is in itself a fascinating story,where the major events of his life are incorporated into his wonderful literary works.( The author links the two very convincingly.)
The life of the real "Shakespeare" is so much more,amazing,complex,and tragic than the myth,which has obscured him for so long. This book must help him emerge from the shadows to eventually receive the recognition,and acclaim that should always have been due to him.
Mark Anderson spent over a decade researching and compiling the information for this book, and his writing is meticulous and abundantly documented (400 pages of text followed by 180 pages of endnotes).
I had already heard of and become convinced of the Oxfordian authorship four years prior to reading this book, as it is not only logical but also virtually irrefutable. Written scholarship on the subject (which is now extensive) began in 1920, and notables such as Orson Welles agreed wholeheartedly: "I think Oxford wrote Shakespeare. If you don't agree, there are some awfully funny coincidences to explain away," said Welles.
Here's the rub, supremely obvious from Anderson's meticulous biography: De Vere's life agrees step by step, month by month, with the "Shake-speare" plays and sonnets. There are literally thousands of connections between de Vere's life and the Shakespeare plays.
Most of the plays began (and many still ended up) as risky anonymous commentaries on the politics and royal and personal entanglements of the time (many of them de Vere's own high-profile faux pas). When he went public with these scandalous masques and diversions, formerly only for the eyes of the very elite few within the court of Elizabeth, he could not use his own name.
De Vere was nobility: the Earl of Oxford, Lord High Chamberlain of England. The theater was a lowly and common profession, and Queen Elizabeth would certainly not let her Lord High Chamberlain publish scandalous and politically charged (even treasonous in their subtexts) entertainments for all to see.Read more ›
In particular, it addresses the question that seems to put off orthodox scholars the most - the "1604 question". Many believe that, since many Shakespearean plays were first performed publicly after 1604, Oxford, who died that year, could not have written them. Anderson clearly demonstrates that the sources for the plays date at a steady rate between the 1560s up until 1603...and then completely stop. Orthodox scholars will try in vein to persuade the public to believe "The Tempest" was influenced by a report of a shipwreck in the Bermudas in 1609; they will remain quiet that a similar account was published in London in 1601!
Read this book with an open mind, and you will be thrilled by its lucid account of De Vere's life. You will become enthralled in what is surely the greatest literary mystery of all time, and join the likes of Orson Welles, Sir John Gielgud, Sir Derek Jacobi and Kenneth Branagh in realising the greatest writer in history has been hidden from the world for 400 years - until now.
De Vere - da Bard.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely fascinating and incredibly well-researched. Doesn't leave much doubt.Published 8 months ago by M. Hersee
This is the best and most thorough documentation that proves Edward de Vere to be the author of Shakespeares plays. Read morePublished on 28 Oct. 2013 by Jan Gillquist
Fascinating, thrilling, moving "whodunnnit"! And deep research of these elizabethan and jacobean years. Read morePublished on 19 Mar. 2013 by Drelon
I downloaded a sample of this and was ready to click on 'buy this book' imminently, as I was looking forward to an entertaining and persuasive read. Read morePublished on 10 May 2012 by J. I. De Beresford
As with pretty much all Oxfordian theories, this book sidesteps the uncomfortable fact that Oxford was dead and buried some years before many of Shakespeare's great plays were... Read morePublished on 25 Feb. 2011 by Liesel Knightley
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