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The Law in Hamlet: Death, Property, and the Pursuit of Justice

Thomas Regnier Originally published in Brief Chronicles Vol. III (2011), pages 107–132 Hamlet is not, on its face, a “legal” play in the way that Merchant of Venice and Measure for Measure are legal plays. It has no trial scenes, ...

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A Psychiatrist’s View of Shakespeare’s Sonnets

Eliot Slater Editor’s Note: In 1969 Eliot Slater published a substantial article on the Shakespeare Authorship Question in the journal of psychiatry Anais Portugueses de Psiquiatria. The first half of the article is available on the website http://eliotslater.org. The second ...

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An Evening at the Cockpit: Further Evidence of an Early Date for Henry V

Ramon Jiménez Originally published in THE OXFORDIAN, Volume 18,  2016, pages 9–22 Aside from the identity of the author of the Shakespeare canon, the most important question facing revisionist scholars, those who reject the Stratfordian theory, is an accurate dating ...

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From the President: An Oxfordian Consensus

by Tom Regnier Who would dare assert that we know all there is to be known? – Galileo Galilei, Letter to Father Benedetto Castelli, 21 Dec 1613 This message appeared in the Shakespeare Oxford Newsletter, Winter 2017. Dear friends, There ...

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Branding the Author: Feigned Authorship Neutrality and the Folger Folio Tour

Shelly Maycock Originally published in Brief Chronicles First Folio Special Issue (2016), pages 5–30 “Thence comes it that my name receives a brand.”1 “It’s not enough to speak, but to speak true.”2 Select Folger Shakespeare Library First Folios (1623) are ...

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Semiotics and the Shakespeare Authorship Debate: The author—and his icon—do make a difference in understanding the works

Merilee Karr, MD Reprinted by permission from the Winter 2001 (36:4) issue of the Shakespeare Oxford Newsletter. —A companion piece, A brief history of interpretation, immediately follows this article (figures 1-3). A year ago I spoke to a high school ...

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Shakespeare’s Will…..Considered Too Curiously

Originally published in Brief Chronicles Vol. I (2009), pages 169–191 by Bonner Miller Cutting The last will and testament of William Shakespeare went unnoticed for approximately a century after his death in Stratford-on-Avon on April 23, 1616. The engraver and ...

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Shakespeare, Oxford and the Grammar School Question

Robin Fox Originally published in THE OXFORDIAN, Volume XI 2008, pages 113–136 There has been a checkered history of attitudes to William Shakespeare of Stratford’s possible education. There is no record of his having attended either school or university. At ...

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

Kevin Gilvary Originally published in Brief Chronicles Vol. VII (2016), pages 1–15 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 ...

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