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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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Is Oxford Shakespeare? Eight Reasons to Think So

  Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, was a recognized poet and playwright of great talent, a patron of literature, the theatre and music, and close acquaintance with all of the personalities whose brilliance infused the Shakespearean canon with ...

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A Brief History of the Shakespeare Question

1709 The publication of the first biography of “Shakespeare” as the Stratford man by Nicholas Rowe. The Restoration-era, modern biographical tradition takes root. 1728 Publication of Captain Goulding’s Essay Against Too Much Reading: Shakespeare probably had to keep “one of those ...

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10 Connections Between Edward de Vere and “William Shakespeare”

Some characteristics of the author “Shake-speare” revealed in the poems and plays, as adduced by J. Thomas Looney in “Shakespeare” Identified in Edward de Vere, the Seventeenth Earl of Oxford, with a comparison of these characteristics to the matching characteristics ...

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What’s Wrong With the Old Shakespeare?

14 reasons to doubt the Stratfordian attribution Shakespeare, alone of all the great writers in Western civilization, presents a unique enigma. Despite two hundred years of scholarly attempts to establish the Stratford man’s credentials, doubts about the author’s identity refuse ...

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Shakespeare’s Self-Portrait

By Charlton Ogburn, Jr. Not long after William Shakspere of Stratford-on-Avon came to be celebrated as the immortal poet-dramatist, in the mid-l8th century, his credentials as such began to be doubted. Beginning in the middle of the next century, outspoken ...

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