Shakespeare by Another Name: The Life of Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford, the Man Who Was Shakespeare
William Shaksper of Stratford was an actor and entrepreneur who had little education, never left England, and apparently owned no books. In the centuries since his death more and more q...more
This is the best book that I've read in years. It was fascinating. I left it on the passenger seat of my car, open, so I could read it at red lights. The designation of "Red Light Book" is my highest honor for a book.
More to the point: I like Shakespeare's works. I took two Shakespeare classes in undergrad. When I watch a play, I tote along my big, red Bevington (dog-eared, written-on, and wrinkle ...more
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Anderson devotes Appendix C towards general questions as to new plays supposedly appearing after 1604. The Tempest is very often cited, he states as evidence against de Vere's candidacy, and quite rightly so. De Vere could not have written the plays of Sha ...more
The argument for the man from Stratford is pretty weak with many unexplainable conflicts and contradictions whereas the "Oxford" theory (de Vere was Earl of Oxford and is referred to by his named title) has countless intriguing anecdotes and evidence that account for much more ...more
On the other hand, what a delight it is for me to learn this stuff!
For years I'd been aware that some scholars doubted whether Shakespeare's plays and poems could have been written by the uneducated actor named William Shakespear ...more
This book is so well-researched, and the parallels between not only de Vere's personal life but the political and s ...more
This book would have been deeply convincing without that, but it would be a joy to read for anyone interested in the seeming inner contradictions of the mythical William Shakespeare, and the unlikelihood that his identity is the one that is supported by the Stratford ...more
I do not agree with the main argument of this biography: that William Shakespeare was, in fact, only a pen name for Edward de Vere, the Earl of Oxford. No. I do not agree with this claim, like so many other Shakespeare scholars and lovers because the "facts" put forth are just very thin ...more
It doesn't bother me that Shakespeare could have been a commoner with little formal schooling, but I don't think this book takes the snobbery route. If you don't want to read ...more
Petruchio and Katherina from "The Taming of the Shrew" have a fiery courtship, during which a comet appeared in the sky.
Edward de Vere's sister and her husband had a fiery courtship, during which a comet appeared in the sky.
Some of ...more
It's a question that will facinate and entertain me forever, even if I never make up my mind ...more
Literary biography is that all writers use the products of their own life in their art. Traditional scholarship would have us believe that Shakespeare alone eschews this method of creation. Twain rid ...more
Nonetheless, it's an incredibly detailed book (the author, while not a scholar, spent 10 years researching the book) and should convince almost anyone of de Vere's legitimacy as a contender for ...more
Or.. just suppose... someone who had actually traveled to the places where some of the plays take place wrote them. Or perhaps characters were based upon people he knew.
Perhaps he was the Earl of Oxford, not William Shakespeare.
I came across this book first as a pod cast-- google it and listen. Fascinating. Made me want to reread all of the plays.
This is obviously well researched, but not very exciting writing and bogged down with so many names and dates it's hard to keep it all straight. Anderso ...more
“Deserves serious attention…Anderson shows there are myriad Shakespeare authorship connections for de Vere.” --The New York Times
“A convincing argument…Anderson draws powerful connections between Shakespeare’s plays and the life of de Vere.” --USA Today
“Shocking.” --Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“Lively…Audacious.” --Times Literary Supplement
“Tantalizing.” --New York Sun
“This book, with fascinating specificity, suits 'the action to the word, t ...more
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