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Shakespeare’s Will…..Considered Too Curiously

Originally published in Brief Chronicles Vol. I (2009), pages 169–191 by Bonner Miller Cutting The last will and testament of William Shakespeare went unnoticed for approximately a century after his death in Stratford-on-Avon on April 23, 1616. The engraver and ...

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Shakespeare, Oxford and the Grammar School Question

Robin Fox Originally published in THE OXFORDIAN, Volume XI 2008, pages 113–136 There has been a checkered history of attitudes to William Shakespeare of Stratford’s possible education. There is no record of his having attended either school or university. At ...

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Who Wrote the first Shakespeare Biography? It was not Nicholas Rowe in 1709!

Kevin Gilvary Originally published in Brief Chronicles Vol. VII (2016), pages 1–15 Early in every biography of Shakespeare, writers advance two unfounded claims: firstly, that more is known about Shakespeare’s life than is commonly realised. The second claim, which I ...

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A Dozen Shakespeare Plays Written after Oxford Died? Not Proven!

Richard F. Whalen Originally published in THE OXFORDIAN, Volume X 2007, pages 75–84 Prospero: …this rough magic I here abjure…I’ll break my staff, Bury it certain fadoms in the earth, And deeper than did ever plummet sound I’ll drown my book.   ...

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Waugh on Jonson’s ‘Sweet Swan of Avon’

Alexander Waugh Originally published in THE OXFORDIAN, Volume XVI 2014, pages 97–103 The most celebrated description of “William Shakespeare” occurs in the 71st line of Ben Jonson’s poem “To the memory of My Beloved, The AUTHOR Mr William Shakespeare And what he ...

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Mark Twain and “Shake-Speare”: Soul Mates

James Norwood

James Norwood One of the hallmarks of Mark Twain was irreverence. His first major publication, The Innocents Abroad, called into question the high culture of Europe, which he had experienced first-hand during an extended trip. Following his days as a ...

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SHAKESPEARE IN COMPOSITION

Sir Thomas More

Evidence for Oxford’s Authorship of “The Book of Sir Thomas More” by Fran Gidley The play Sir Thomas More survived its obscure Elizabethan origins to resurface in the nineteenth century in a single manuscript copy, now in the British Library. ...

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Editorial: Midnight in the Garden of the SAQ

By Dr. Michael Egan Readers will know that Shakespeare Beyond Doubt contributor, Hardy Cook, also runs SHAKSPER, an online discussion group. Recently the issue of free debate surfaced as a topic, and its moderator, a retired professor, stoutly defended his ...

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Oxfordians Spreading Authorship Doubts at First Folio Tour

Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship members have been distributing flyers questioning the traditional authorship theory at institutions and events connected to the Folger Shakespeare Library’s 2016 national First Folio tour. The flyer was created by the SOF’s First Folio Committee, chaired by Professor ...

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End of an Oxfordian Era on the Supreme Court?

Remembering Justice Antonin Scalia (1936-2016) by Bryan H. Wildenthal[1] With the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, 79, on February 13 of this year, the United States Supreme Court lost one of its most brilliant and influential members—and Oxfordians lost one of the ...

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