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Was Actor Edward Alleyn the Real “Upstart Crow”?

Stratfordian professors have long claimed that a passage in Robert Greene’s Groatsworth of Wit Bought with a Million of Repentance (1592) is a reference to William Shakspere, the man from Stratford. In Groatsworth, Greene warns other playwrights against an upstart ...

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Shakespeare Full Circle

by Nate Briggs (from the Winter 2015 Shakespeare Oxford Newsletter) Seeing a recent local production of Much Ado About Nothing brought me back to the Shakespeare Authorship Question, and, incidentally, the state of live productions of Shakespeare among the many ...

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William Shakspere — The Irrelevant Life

by Richard Malim of The De Vere Society. ‘Any man who believes that William Shakespeare of Stratford wrote Hamlet or Lear is a fool.’ – John Bright (d. 1889), radical politician and orator Contents 1. Introduction: The Protestant Family 2. ...

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2012 Winning Essay by Jacob Karlsson Lagerros

Bringing Truth to Light – Why it Matters Who Wrote William’s Words by Jacob Karlsson Lagerros According to the legend, Richard Burbage, the most famous actor of Shakespeare’s day, was once asked to visit a lady at home, dressed as ...

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The Stratford Monument: A Monumental Fraud

Stratford Monument sketch and engraving

by Richard Whalen First published in the 2005 issue of The Oxfordian Today’s Stratford monument is the defining image of William Shakspere of Stratford- on-Avon as the alleged author of Shakespeare’s poems and plays. In the church where he’s buried, ...

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The Case for Oxford Revisited

by Ramon Jiménez In his recent biography of William Shakespeare, the critic Jonathan Bate writes: “Gathering what we can from his plays and poems: that is how we will write a biography that is true to him’ (xix). This statement ...

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Read the Declaration of Reasonable Doubt

The Shakespeare Authorship Coalition is dedicated to legitimizing the Shakespeare authorship question. The Declaration of Reasonable Doubt About the Identity of William Shakespeare is available on its website for signing and education. Signatories include actors Derek Jacobi, Michael York, Mark ...

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Who Was Spencer’s EK: Was He the Seventeenth Earl of Oxford?

by Nina Green First published in the 1998 edition of The Oxfordian Scholars have never satisfactorily identified the mysterious individual known only as E.K. who collaborated with Spenser on The Shepheardes Calender of 1579 and was the author of a ...

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Insights into automated Forms of Stylistic Analysis Which Attempt to Address Elizabethan Authorship Questions

Hotwiring the Bard into Cyberspace by W. Ron Hess There has long been controversy about who wrote what during the Elizabethan era because there was an extraordinary proclivity among Elizabethan authors to write anonymously or under pseudonyms, to collaborate, and ...

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William Byrd’s “Battle” and the Earl of Oxford

by Sally Mosher Originally published in the 1998 edition of The Oxfordian Among close to three hundred pieces contained in the most famous keyboard manuscript of the English Renaissance, now known as The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, is William Byrd’s “The ...

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