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Shakespeare's Unorthodox Biography: New Evidence of an Authorship Problem Paperback – 15 Feb 2013
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About the Author
Diana Price is the author of Shakespeare s Unorthodox Biography: New Evidence of An Authorship Problem. The book was released in hardcover by Greenwood Press in 2001; it appeared as no 94 in Greenwood s academic series, Contributions in Drama and Theatre Studies, making it the first anti-Stratfordian book to be accepted in a peer-reviewed series. Price has published a variety of articles on related topics in Skeptic Magazine, The Review of English Studies, Research Opportunities in Renaissance Drama, and the University of Tennessee Law Review."
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Reading books on this subject and the increasingly spiteful repudiations by orthodoxy gives one some idea how Galileo Galilei must have felt :-)
You do ask yourself, while reading this book, why have so many authors been very selective with the evidence they have found over the years?
The writings of "Shakespeare" are not diminished even when we start to question who the person/s, was/were, that wrote the plays and sonnets attributed to "Shakespeare"
Price spreads out all that we actually know from contemporary records, including possible, suspected references from the period and not only analyses them but gives the best interpretations of the "facts" i have yet read to build a credible picture of Shakspere of Stratford. It's not always a flattering portrait but it fits well with the evidence, and a lot of the rumour of the time.
It leaves us with a street smart (unscrupulous?) entrepreneur and successful business man who came from the country and made good in the big city but shows how unlikely he is to be the genius behind the bulk of the poetry and drama published under the name of WIlliam Shakespeare. Price doesn't speculate on the exact identity of likely candidates (except the suggestion that they were nobility) and avoids the pitfalls of portrait analysis and detailed intepretations of the sonnets that have spoiled some other books on the topic. If you are interested in the debate (and why wouldn't you be?) then this is an excellent place to start.
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