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Shakespeare Authorship

Shakespeare Authorship

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The Shakespeare Authorship Page
Dedicated to the Proposition that Shakespeare Wrote Shakespeare
NEW
On October 28, 2011, the movie
 Anonymous
 opened; it flopped at the box office, but there wasconsiderable discussion of the film at the time. Here isDavid Kathman’s review.
Spoiler alert:
William Shakespeare is a character in the movie, but the central character is Edwardde Vere, the17th earl of Oxford, who is, among other things, the son of Queen Elizabeth, the lover of thesame Queen Elizabeth (some years later), and the real author of the works commonly attributedto William Shakespeare. The film is NOT meant to be a comedy. There is, of course, no reason tocredit the earl with even one line of any work that has traditionally been attributed to WilliamShakespeare (for more information about this matter, please see the essays on this site), but manyentertaining movies have been based on historically dubious material. Theofficial blog for themovie offers links to the Shakespeare authorship page, so it’s only fair that we repay the favor.Here are a few links related to the film:The New York 
Times
 covers the story --Ari Karpel talks to the film’s director, Roland Emmerich, inBrush Up Your Shakespeare, or Whoever James Shapiro, who is also quoted in Karpel’s piece, believes thatHollywoodDishonors the Bard. Roland Emmerich is among those wrote lettersin response toShapiro.Stephen Marche ponders the question,Wouldn’t It Be Cool if Shakespeare Wasn’tShakespeare?In addition to previews, trailers, commercials, press kits, blogs, and interviews, the film isalso being promoted for its educational value. We are not making this up. An outfit called"Youth Marketing International" has prepared study guides for the movie that the producers hope will be used for high school andcollege courses. There is also a file explaining how seeing the movie and performing some classroom exercises can meet someeducational standards. For a blogospherical discussion of the study guides, seeAttentionEducators: Have We All Been Played?There will be more reviews when the movie goes into general release, but a showing at theToronto Film Festicval prompted this blog post by Holger Syme to which the screenwriter John Orloff responded.At Salon, Laura Miller’s review asks the question,Was Shakespeare really Shakespeare?Simon Shama discussed the film for 
 Newsweek 
:The Shakespeare ShakedownAt Slate, Ron Rosenbaum lists10 Things I Hate About Anonymous
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A new site that may be of more lasting interest is "60 Minutes with Shakespeare," which was putup by theShakespeare Birthplace Trust. "60 Minutes" comprises brief answers to 60 questionsabout Shakespeare and the authorship of his works; among the 60 are Roland Emmerich,JamesShapiro, and our own David Kathman. You’ll have to register to see the page, but registration isfree and painless. You can also find Paul Edmondson and Stanley Wells’s e-book ShakespeareBites Back  as well as remarks about
 Anonymous
 byAlan Nelson.
Contents
IntroductionHow We Know that Shakespeare Wrote ShakespeareFeatured External Site: Tom Veal’s "Stromata Blog"To the New York 
Times
A Letter to
 Harper's
Critically Examining Oxfordian ClaimsThe Spelling and Pronunciation of Shakespeare’s Namecomplete lists (in original spelling) of all contemporarynon-literary references andliterary references to William Shakespeare.Shakespeare’s Education and Social BackgroundWere Shakespeares Plays Written by an Aristocrat?Shakespeare’s Stratford FriendsShakespeare’s Knowledge of Italy, the Classics, and the LawShakespeare and Richard FieldDating the WorksBarksted and ShakespeareDating
The Tempest 
Shakespeare’s EulogiesImages of ShakespeareShakespeare’s Stratford MonumentThe Droeshout Engraving: Why It’s Not Queen ElizabethThe Ashbourne Portrait: Why It’s Not the Earl of OxfordManuscripts and PublicationTudor Aristocrats and the Mythical "Stigma of Print"The Survival of ManuscriptsShakespeare’s Hand in
Sir Thomas More
Oxford the PoetOxford’s Literary ReputationPuttenham on OxfordShakespeare, Oxford, and Verbal ParallelsWas the Earl of Oxford the True Shakespeare?The Verse Forms of Shakespeare and OxfordOxfordian MythsFirst Heir of My InventionThe Question Marks in the 1640
 Poems
Burghley as "Polus"Reviews and Commentary
Shakespeare IN FACT This Star of England 
Why I’m Not an OxfordianJoseph Sobran’s
 Alias Shakespeare
Here Comes EverybodyThe Oxfordian
 Hamlet 
The Code That Failed
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 Funeral Elegy
Bardlinks Elsewhere on the Web
Introduction
Many books and articles have been written arguing that someone other than William Shakespeare, theglover’s son from Stratford-upon-Avon, wrote the plays and poems published under hisname. There existsincere and intelligent people who believe there is strong evidence that Edward de Vere, Seventeenth Earlof Oxford, was the author of these plays and poems. Yet professional Shakespeare scholars -- those whose job it is to study, write, and teach about Shakespeare -- generally find Oxfordian claims to be groundless,often not even worth discussing.Why is this? Oxfordians claim that these scholars are blinded to the evidence by a vested self-interest in preserving the authorship of "the Stratford Man," and some more extreme Oxfordians claim that there isan active conspiracy among orthodox scholars to suppress pro-Oxford evidence and keep it from theattention of the general public. The truth, however, is far more prosaic. Oxfordiansare not taken seriously by the Shakespeare establishment because (with few exceptions) they do not follow basic standards of scholarship, and the "evidence" they present for their fantastic scenarios is eitherdistorted, taken out of context, or flat-out false.This web site is for the intelligent nonspecialist who doesn’t know what to make of these challenges toShakespeares authorship. Oxfordian books can be deceptively convincing to a reader who is unaware of the relevant historical background and unused to the rhetorical tricks used by Oxfordians. Our aim is to provide context where needed, expose misinformation passed off by Oxfordians as fact, and in generalshow the nonspecialist reader why professional Shakespeare scholars have so little regard for Oxfordianclaims. We know from experience that we are not likely to convince any Oxfordians tochange their views, but we hope that other readers will find something of value here. We will be updating and addingnew material as time permits, and we welcome any comments or suggestions.
How We Know that Shakespeare Wrote Shakespeare
Antistratfordians try to seduce their readers into believing that there is some sortof "mystery" about theauthorship of Shakespeare’s works. They often assert that nothing (or at most very little) connects WilliamShakespeare of Stratford to the works of William Shakespeare the author, or that theevidence whichexists is "circumstantial" and subject to some doubt. These are astounding misrepresentations that bear little resemblance to reality. Indeed, abundant evidence testifies to the fact that William Shakespeare of Stratford wrote the works published under his name, and this evidence is as extensive and direct as theevidence for virtually any of Shakespeare’s contemporaries. In their essayHow We Know ThatShakespeare Wrote Shakespeare: The Historical Facts, Tom Reedy and David Kathman summarize theextensive web of evidence that identifies William Shakespeare of Stratford as the man who wrote theworks of William Shakespeare.
Featured External Site: Tom Veal's "Stromata Blog"
When the Shakespeare Authorship page began 12 years ago, it was the only site on theInternet dedicatedto countering claims that someone other than William Shakespeare wrote the lion’s share of the works professional literary historians have always assigned to Shakespeare. We have more company now (as youcan see from the sites listed in our Bardlinks area below), and we’d like to direct your attention to TomVeal’s blog, which contains some of the best recent commentary on the authorship of Shakespeare’s works.
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