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Brief Chronicles

An Interdisciplinary Journal of Authorship Studies

Detail of Cover of Brief Chronicles Vol. 7

Brief Chronicles is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary academic journal dedicated to examining the Shakespeare authorship question and more generally topics in early modern authorship studies. Sponsored by the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship, Brief Chronicles was established in 2009 and is included in the MLA International Bibliography and World Shakespeare Bibliography databases.

General Editor: Roger Stritmatter, Ph.D., Coppin State University

Managing Editor: Michael Delahoyde, Ph.D., Washington State University

Brief Chronicles is now available for purchase from Amazon:

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BC6 on Amazon.com

they are the abstract and brief chronicles of the time: after your death you were better have a bad epitaph than their ill report while you live.

–Hamlet to Polonius about the troupe of players (Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2)

Brief Chronicles' mission statement quotes former Folger Shakespeare Library educational director Richmond Crinkley in a 1985 Shakespeare Quarterly review of Charlton Ogburn Jr.’s The Mysterious William Shakespeare: "Doubts about Shakespeare came early and grew rapidly. They have a simple and direct plausibility. The plausibility has been reinforced by the tone and methods by which traditional scholarship has responded to the doubts." According to its mission statement, "Brief Chronicles solicits articles that answer Crinkley’s 1985 call for scholarship which transcends the increasingly irrelevant traditional division between 'amateur' knowledge and 'expert' authority [in Shakespearean studies]."
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