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Shakespeare By Another Name by [Anderson, Mark]
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This work is the first ever complete literary biography of this man many claim to be the real bard. The debate over the true author of Shakespeare's body of work began not long after the death of William Shakespeare, the obscure actor and entrepreneur from Stratford-Upon-Avon who was conventionally assumed to be the author. Early investigations into the mystery argued for such eminent figures as Christopher Marlowe or Francis Bacon, but recent scholarship has turned towards Edward de Vere. ""Shakerpeare" by Another Name" is the first complete literary biography of Edward de Vere that tells the story of his action-packed life - as student, soldier, courtier, lawyer, sophisticate, traveller and writer - finding in it uncanny similarities to situations and characters found in Shakespeare's plays. Anderson brings to bear a wealth of new evidence and has employed it all to give a complete portrait and background to the man who was "Shakespeare".

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2513 KB
  • Print Length: 640 pages
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  • Publisher: Untreed Reads (3 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0063JH2SU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
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It is only reasonable to assume that the literature attributed to "Shakespeare" must be the work of person or persons of superior education,within Elizabethan Court Circles, and with actual life experience of continental locations, cities,and events etc, than that of "the Stratford Man".
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.
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This book is a singularly impressive work of scholarship, and a most important read! Sure to delight any lover of Shakespeare.

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.
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Probably! What a fabulous book about an amazing character who certainly deserves to be Shake-Speare. Unlike some of the other conspiracy books this stands alone as a genuine biography of the 17th Earl of Oxford, well researched, full of genuinely interesting details, well organised and chronologically presented. Lots of things I didn't know - De Vere's illegitimate child, his second wife, his various tiffs with QE1 and other courtiers, his collaborating secretaries, Fisher's Folly, his debts and, most importantly, the "evidence" of the extent of his writing and literary reputation. Anderson has done a superlative job in joining up all the dots to create an almost overwhelmingly convincing portrait of De Vere as the Bard. The sheer amount of corroborative, coincidental and circumstantial "evidence" provided leads to a liberating conclusion that makes so much more sense of the Shakespeare canon. His themes, locations, the character names, plot details, obscure topical references and original source texts are all explained. No Stratford-Man biographer comes anywhere near as close to matching up the two sides of the mystery (or for that matter supporters of Bacon, Marlowe, Stanley or, more recently, Neville.) I must say the reference to Gabriel Harvey's toadying Latin tribute to De Vere comparing him to Minerva and saying that his "will shakes spears" made the hairs stand on the back of my neck. The weakest area is the interpretation of the infamous sonnet sequence although Martin is generally at least plausible. Other nice touches are the more scientific analysis of De Vere's Geneva Bible and the interpretation and analysis of the Shakespeare/De Vere portrait.Read more ›
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Bravo Mr. Anderson - this is the most comprehensive study on the Earl of Oxford I have yet read.

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.
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