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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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Editorial: Midnight in the Garden of the SAQ

By Dr. Michael Egan Readers will know that Shakespeare Beyond Doubt contributor, Hardy Cook, also runs SHAKSPER, an online discussion group. Recently the issue of free debate surfaced as a topic, and its moderator, a retired professor, stoutly defended his ...

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Oxfordians Spreading Authorship Doubts at First Folio Tour

Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship members have been distributing flyers questioning the traditional authorship theory at institutions and events connected to the Folger Shakespeare Library’s 2016 national First Folio tour. The flyer was created by the SOF’s First Folio Committee, chaired by Professor ...

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End of an Oxfordian Era on the Supreme Court?

Remembering Justice Antonin Scalia (1936-2016) by Bryan H. Wildenthal[1] With the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, 79, on February 13 of this year, the United States Supreme Court lost one of its most brilliant and influential members—and Oxfordians lost one of the ...

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Remembering Rollett and Debunking Shapiro (Again)

by Bryan H. Wildenthal On June 29, the New York Times once again gave a platform to a Stratfordian academic to peddle nonsense on the Shakespeare authorship issue. Oddly enough (bear with me, there’s a connection), this made me think of ...

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An Hour With Wells and Edmondson

Note from the Editor By Alex McNeil I hope you’ll read with care the interview, conducted by Don Rubin and Patricia Keeney, with Stanley Wells and Paul Edmondson of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. After you’re finished, I don’t know if ...

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J. T. Looney Reading List compiled by James Warren

Excerpted from the recently released third edition of James Warren’s Index to Oxfordian Publications published in hardcopy by William Boyle’s Forever Press, which is available in paperback, and in an online, searchable database format at Boyle’s Shakespeare Online Authorship Resources (SOAR) catalog. ...

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‘Thy Stratford Moniment’ – Revisited

Holistic Interpretation by Alexander Waugh This article was first published in the De Vere Society Newsletter, October 2014.  It is here presented, in a version revised and updated by the author, with kind permission of the De Vere Society. That ...

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