Stephanie Mason's Reviews > Shakespeare by Another Name: The Life of Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford, the Man Who Was Shakespeare

Shakespeare by Another Name by Mark  Anderson
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Dec 28, 2009

it was ok
Read from August 30 to September 13, 2010

I'm not convinced, even after listening to all the arguments and "coincidences" about De Vere's life and Shakespeare's writing. You can see what you want to see if that's what you're looking for. I guess it's possible; as possible as Elizabeth I having an illegitimate son with Dudley. Who can really say what went on in a world of lies and deceit.

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. Anderson paints a picture of an arrogant, selfish, spoiled aristocrat. If that's the case, I find it pretty hard to swallow he'd have gone to his death hiding a secret like this.

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