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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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A Dozen Shakespeare Plays Written after Oxford Died? Not Proven!

Richard F. Whalen Originally published in THE OXFORDIAN, Volume X 2007, pages 75–84 Prospero: …this rough magic I here abjure…I’ll break my staff, Bury it certain fadoms in the earth, And deeper than did ever plummet sound I’ll drown my book.   ...

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Waugh on Jonson’s ‘Sweet Swan of Avon’

Alexander Waugh Originally published in THE OXFORDIAN, Volume XVI 2014, pages 97–103 The most celebrated description of “William Shakespeare” occurs in the 71st line of Ben Jonson’s poem “To the memory of My Beloved, The AUTHOR Mr William Shakespeare And what he ...

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Mark Twain and “Shake-Speare”: Soul Mates

James Norwood

James Norwood One of the hallmarks of Mark Twain was irreverence. His first major publication, The Innocents Abroad, called into question the high culture of Europe, which he had experienced first-hand during an extended trip. Following his days as a ...

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SHAKESPEARE IN COMPOSITION

Sir Thomas More

Evidence for Oxford’s Authorship of “The Book of Sir Thomas More” by Fran Gidley The play Sir Thomas More survived its obscure Elizabethan origins to resurface in the nineteenth century in a single manuscript copy, now in the British Library. ...

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