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FAQs about the Shakespeare Authorship Question

What is the Shakespeare authorship question? A longstanding tradition of doubt over the official biography, which attributes the works of “Shake-speare” – often spelled with a hyphen in original documents such as this title page of the 1609 publication of the ...

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The Ashbourne Shakespeare Portrait

The so-called “Ashbourne Shakespeare” portrait surfaced in the 19th century at the Ashbourne Free school in Derbyshire. Charles Wisner Barrell, in a controversial 1940 Scientific American article, revealed the painting to be the lost Cornelius Ketel portrait of Edward de ...

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Could Shakespeare Think Like a Lawyer? Inheritance Law in Hamlet

Hamlet and Ghost

by Thomas Regnier. Shakespeare’s frequent use of the law is well documented. Whether his legal terms are always used correctly has been a matter of dispute. I examine how accurately legal terms are used in the plays, and how accurately and deeply legal issues are developed.

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The Poems of Edward de Vere

These poems are presented here as published by J. Thomas Looney in his 1921 edition of The Poems of Edward de Vere. Read the Introduction by J. Thomas Looney. Section I. First Group These first 8 poems and one letter ...

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Attributing Authorship: An Introduction by Harold Love

Oxfordian scholar Ramon Jiménez reviews Attributing Authorship: An Introduction by Harold Love, professor of English at Monash University in Victoria, Australia. One chapter of Professor Love's book is devoted to the authorship issue and Mr. Jiménez gives it the incisive analysis that those familiar with his previous reviews have come to expect.

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An Unrecognized Theme in Hamlet: Lost Inheritance and Claudius’s Marriage to Gertrude Part I

Claudius and Gertrude

by J. Anthony Burton. The subject of inheritance is the principal idea behind several important scenes, including the nature of the disappointed “hopes” Hamlet includes, along with murder, incest, and attempted murder, in his list of justifications for killing Claudius

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Laertes’s Rebellion as a Defense of His Inheritance: Further Aspects of Inheritance Law in Hamlet

Hamlet and Laertes

by J. Anthony Burton. The theme of lost inheritance has a special but limited function within the larger framework of the play. It does not, of course, displace or even compete with the central theme of revenge or, more properly, justice. Inheritance works as a sort of unifying preoccupation

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He was a scholar and a ripe and good one: The Education of The 17th Earl of Oxford Mirrored in the Shakespeare Canon

by Daniel L. Wright, Ph.D.   I believe that more can be learned of the life of Shakespeare from his plays than from documents showing that he sued people for small debts. Albert Mordell in The Erotic Motive in Literature ...

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