The Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship journal, Brief Chronicles VI, produced by general editor Roger Stritmatter, PhD, and managing editor Michael Delahoyde, PhD, is now available online to SOF members at Brief Chronicles VI under the Publications Tab on the SOF website.
This is the first edition released under the new SOF membership policy that provides members electronic access to SOF publications, but does not provide hard copy editions free of charge as in the past.
Hard copy issues will now be available to both membership and the general public at low cost through Amazon’s CreateSpace print-on-demand publishing arm at Amazon.com. A Kindle version is not currently anticipated by the SOF board.
SOF president Tom Regnier, JD, LLM, said that members were informed of the new publishing policy in the Fall 2014 edition of the SOF newsletter and directly by email. Regnier said:
We announced last year that the increased costs of printing and mailing the journals made us consider whether to cut back on the frequency of their publication. After hearing from our members, we decided to continue publishing both Brief Chronicles and The Oxfordian annually.
Although we could no longer afford to offer printed journals as a membership benefit, we decided that all members would have online access to the journals. Furthermore, those who desired print copies of the journals would be able to buy them as a separate purchase.
Through CreateSpace, we are able to make printed copies of BC6 available to you from Amazon for only $12.99, plus shipping. At present, BC6 is available through Amazon.com (U.S.) and Amazon affiliates in the European Union. Our Canadian members may purchase through Amazon.com. BC6 will sell for £8.29 in British pounds and under €12.50 in Euros (prices vary slightly from country to country). UPDATE 10/13/15: BC6 now available direct from Amazon.ca.
We think you will enjoy BC6 whether you prefer to read it digitally or in print form. We thank you for helping us bring the truth to light.
The SOF board of trustees hopes that news-page readers will support the work of research into the Shakespeare authorship by joining SOF now.
Inside Brief Chronicles VI
For a glimpse into the new edition of Brief Chronicles, see SOF trustee and University of York professor Don Rubin’s historical accounting of the press war incited by the 2013 authorship conference in Toronto. Rubin’s article,:“Sisyphus and the Globe: Turning (on) the Media” published in Brief Chronicles VI is available free to our readers. A video of Rubin’s presentation of this account given at the 2014 authorship conference in Madison WI will also be available on this site soon.
Professor Rubin’s study of Nestruck’s craven attempts to have him discredited serves as a fascinating case study into how a human might behave when he is hell-bent on keeping a raft afloat that is slowly and ingloriously submerging beneath the muddy waters of a rising tide.
Alexander Waugh, Introduction. Brief Chronicles VI
In his introduction to Brief Chronicles VI, Alexander Waugh referred to Rubin’s Toronto adventures:
Professor Don Rubin, who has achieved much success in inspiring students at the University of Toronto to take a keen interest in the Shakespeare authorship problem has, like most of us, made his fair share of enemies along the way. In this issue he tells of the hair-raising animosity levelled against his work by one James Kelly Nestruck, a theatre critic of Toronto’s Globe and Mail. Stratfordians enjoy speculating on the psychological aberrations that motivate those who question their orthodoxy — we are snobs, anarchists, neo-romantics, Shakespeare-haters, mentalists, holocaust deniers, supporters of South African apartheid, etc., etc., ad nauseam. Above all we are scary. Professor Stanley Wells, in a television interview with his colleague, Carol Rutter, announced, in quite hysterical tones, that it is “dangerous to encourage people to question history.” A petrified educationalist called Alasdair Brown, in internet discussion, similarly announced that the Oxfordian challenge to his creed was “insidious, reactionary and dangerous.” Professor Rubin’s study of Nestruck’s craven attempts to have him discredited serves as a fascinating case study into how a human might behave when he is hell-bent on keeping a raft afloat that is slowly and ingloriously submerging beneath the muddy waters of a rising tide.
Waugh’s full introduction of Brief Chronicles VI titled “From the Pulpit: A Few Home Truths — A British Introduction” may be read on this site. A full table of contents of Brief Chronicles VI includes:
- “From the Pulpit: A Few Home Truths — A British Introduction” [to BC VI] by Alexander Waugh
- “Sisyphus and the Globe: Turning (on) the Media” by Don Rubin
- “Biography, Genius, and Inspiration” by Bernd Brackmann
- “Strat Stats Fail to Prove that ‘Shakspere’ is Another Spelling of ‘Shakespeare’” by Richard F. Whalen
- “Arms and Letters and the Name ‘William Shake-speare'” by Robert Detobel
- “The Use of State Power To Hide Edward de Vere’s Authorship of the Works Attributed to ‘William Shake-speare’” by James Warren
- “Chaucer Lost and Found in Shakespeare’s Histories” by Jacob Hughes
- “A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Shakespeare’s Aristophanic Comedy” by Earl Showerman
- Mark Twain and ‘Shake-Speare’: Soul Mates”by James Norwood
- “Ben Jonson and the Drummond ‘Informations’: Why It Matters” by Richard Malim
- “Was William Scott a Plagiarist? A Review of Scott’s The Model of Poesie” reviewed by Richard Waugaman
- “Dr. Magri’s Bow and Quiver: Such Fruits Out of Italy: The Italian Renaissance in Shakespeare’s Plays and Poems” reviewed by William Ray
- “Towards a Pragmatechnic Shakespeare Studies: A Review-Essay on U. Cambridge’s Shakespeare and the Digital World” reviewed by Michael Dudley
With the release of the latest edition of Brief Chronicles, the previous edition —Brief Chronicles V — has been removed from password protection and is now available to all readers on the SOF website under the publications tab.