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

By Kevin Gilvary 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 examine here, is that the earliest biography about Shakespeare ...

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Brief Chronicles Volume Seven Now Available!

A message from SOF president Tom Regnier Dear Oxfordians, It is with mixed feelings that I announce the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship’s publication of Volume 7 of our superb journal, Brief Chronicles — now available online and in print. On the ...

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London Globe celebrates Rowe

De Vere Society Secretary Richard Malim reports that Shakespeare’s Globe in London will hold a series of events to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the first biography of Shakespeare published in 1709 by Nicholas Rowe. The kick-off event is a ...

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A Brief History of the Shakespeare Question

1709 The publication of the first biography of “Shakespeare” as the Stratford man by Nicholas Rowe. The Restoration-era, modern biographical tradition takes root. 1728 Publication of Captain Goulding’s Essay Against Too Much Reading: Shakespeare probably had to keep “one of those ...

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