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William Ray reviews Ver, Begin by Ricardo Mena

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To evaluate Ver, begin and the challenge it represents for modern Shakespearean scholarship, we revisit an imperative written by J. Thomas Looney: We shall first have to dissociate from the [canon] writings the conception of such an author as the steady, complacent, business-like man-of-the-world suggested by the Stratford Shakspere. ...

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Whittemore reviews Ideas of Order: A Close Reading of Shakespeare’s Sonnets

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The Sonnets consist of “love poetry that is as passionate, daring, intimate, searing, and lyrical as any that we may ever encounter,” Rudenstine writes, adding that the poems are “more carefully ordered—as a coherent sequence” than most commentators allow, and that “some of the clusters of linked sonnets seem so tightly bound together”

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Doubt v. Doubt? Reviewed by Don Rubin

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Shakespeare Beyond Doubt: Evidence, Argument, Controversy Edited By Paul Edmondson and Stanley Wells Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 284 pp. Shakespeare Beyond Doubt? Exposing An Industry in Denial Edited By John M. Shahan and Alexander Waugh Florida: Llumina Press 254 pp. ...

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Part three: Norwood reviews PBS series Shakespeare Uncovered

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James Norwood, PhD says PBS series “Shakespeare Uncovered” inadvertently reveals inadequacies of Stratfordian attribution of Shake-speare’s plays. In part three of his review, Norwood examines episodes on Antony and Cleopatra, and Romeo and Juliet. See“Shakespeare Uncovered” for more information. Part three of ...

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Norwood reviews PBS series Shakespeare Uncovered

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James Norwood, PhD says PBS series “Shakespeare Uncovered” inadvertently reveals inadequacies of Stratfordian attribution of Shake-speare’s plays. Norwood examines episodes on Lear and Dream; “Shakespeare Uncovered” episodes on Shrew, Othello, A&C, and R&J will be shown on PBS in February. See “Shakespeare Uncovered” ...

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“Publius” reviews SHAKESPEARE, IN FACT by Irvin Matus

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In this second review of Irvin Matus' Shakespeare, IN FACT (1994), Publius, a pseudonym for a professor of Comparative Literature at an Ivy League institution, exposes the shoddy reasoning of the author.

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Review of HAMLET HIMSELF by Bronson Feldman

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By Richard M. Waugaman Bloomington, Indiana: iUniverse, 2010. Graham Bradshaw famously said “Hamlet can seem [to be] an actual person who somehow has been caught inside a play”(quoted by Bloom,1 401). Abraham Bronson Feldman’s book elucidates who this “actual person” ...

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“Is that True?” A Review of James Shapiro’s CONTESTED WILL

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by Warren Hope, PhD “This is the kind of argumentation one associates with political maneuvering rather than a serious quest for the truth on great issues and it makes one suspect that he is not very easy in his own ...

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Three Book Reviews – Bloom, Wells, and Dobson & Wells

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Three Stratfordian books are critically reviewed by Oxfordian Ramon Jiménez: Hamlet: Poem Unlimited, by Harold Bloom; Shakespeare: for all time, by Stanley Wells; and, The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare, edited by Michael Dobson and Stanley Wells.

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