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De Vere Society

Based in England, the DVS meets semi-annually and sponsors the publication of books including The Earl of Oxford and the Making of “Shakespeare”: The Literary Life of Edward De Vere in Context by Richard Malim and Dating Shakespeare’s Plays: A Critical Review of the Evidence edited by Kevin Gilvary.

Shakespeare Authorship Coalition

The SAC is the largest single organization of authorship doubters, based on over 3,000 signatories to its Declaration of Reasonable Doubt About the Identity of William Shakespeare, which can be read and signed at its website. In 2013, the SAC offered to donate £40,000 to the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford if it proved in a mock trial that the authorship is “beyond doubt.” The Trust declined, but the SAC is still on track to score a major breakthrough by April 23, 2016.


A Facebook discussion group that grew out of the fan page for Shakespeare By Another Name by Mark Anderson.

Shakespeare Authorship Research Centre

Sponsored by Concordia University in Portland Oregon, the SARC hosts an annual academic conference devoted to the study of the Shakespeare authorship question and the case for Edward de Vere’s authorship of the “Shakespeare” Canon.

The Oxford Authorship Site

Nina Green’s impressive collection of transcriptions of original documents relevant to the authorship question. The collection includes the writings of the enigmatic and flamboyant Elizabethan controversialist “Pasquill Cavaliero of England” (fl. 1589), thought by many scholars to be a nom de plume for Edward de Vere.

Shake-Speare’s Bible

Roger Stritmatter’s website devoted to telling the story of a unique and startling literary object — the 1568-70 Geneva Bible owned and annotated by the man whom many independent scholars believe was the real Shakespeare: Edward de Vere.

Last Will. & Testament Film

“From Executive Producer Roland Emmerich, Derek Jacobi leads an impressive cast featuring Oscar winner Vanessa Redgrave and Tony winner Mark Rylance on a quest to uncover the truth behind the world’s most elusive author and discovers a forgotten nobleman whose story could rewrite history.”

Shakespeare Online Authorship Resources (SOAR)

A catalog with over 4,400 entries for articles, essays, conference reports and news items published in all Oxfordian journals, newsletters, magazines, and books over the past 75 years. It includes full coverage of all the newsletter and journal articles from the publications of the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship (1965 to date, current year excluded). There is also selected coverage of general Shakespeare authorship related materials, items published on the web only, and documents (e.g., letters, diaries, wills, etc.) related to the authorship debate.


A balanced summary of the authorship question written according to Wikipedia guidelines. Discusses the pros and cons of the traditional Stratfordian theory, as well as the theories favoring Oxford, Marlowe, Bacon, and Derby.

Alan Nelson’s Archive of Original de Vere Transcripts

Transcriptions of many of Oxford’s surviving letters and memoranda (nearly all to Lord Burghley) and related commentary are available on this page maintained by Prof. Alan Nelson of UC/Berkeley).


Is Shakespeare Dead? From My Autobiography by Mark Twain (1909)

Mark Twain’s humorous, satiric examination of the problems inherent in accepting William Shakespere of Stratford-Upon-Avon as the author of the Shakespeare canon. Available in full online and for download in EPUB, Kindle, PDF and other formats.

“Shakespeare” Identified in Edward De Vere, the Seventeenth Earl of Oxford by J. Thomas Looney (1920)

The book that originated the Oxfordian theory that Edward de Vere was the mind behind Shakespeare. John Galsworthy, winner of the 1932 Nobel Prize for literature, described “Shakespeare” Identified as “the best detective story” he had ever read.