Robert Detobel reported that Kurt Kreiler’s book, Der Mann, der Shakespeare erfand: Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford (1550-1604), was published this month in Frankfurt. No English translation of The Man who Invented Shakespeare: Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford (1550-1604) has been announced. Detobel translated a description of the book from the German Amazon site at http://www.amazon.de/dp/3458174524/?tag=book_de21:
Short Description (of Kreiler’s The Man who Invented Shakespeare)
The poet William Shakespeare has nothing to do with the player and moneylender William Shakespeare from Stratford-upon-Avon. Behind the literary pseudonym William Shakespeare is hidden the learned aristocrat Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford, who frequented Queen Elizabeth I’s court. Therefore, the plays of the “spear shaker” were not written for the Globe theater but were intended for staging at court. The author, Ben Jonson, edited Shakespeare’s works and willingly created the impression that the author was the man of Stratford by erecting the front’s in Stratford. These astounding theses are not part of a novel but of a scientifically founded biography that could not have been more novel-like. Kurt Kreiler has reopened “Shakespeare case.” Contrary to the partisans of the Earl of Oxford’s candidature up to now Kreiler does not proceed by conjectures but brings forth circumstantial evidence. He does not invent documents, he makes speak them. Shakespeare, Bacon and Marlowe are left empty-handed.
“Some of the statements are exaggerated,” Detobel said. “It’s not of Kreiler’s doing; it was done by the ad division of the publishing house. Perhaps good to know none the less.”
Detobel said that a few lines about the book were published in Focus, Germany’s second most widely distributed magazine, and that an article and interview of Kreiler are scheduled to appear in Germany’s top publication, Der Spiegel. Detobel will attempt to provide translations of the magazine articles for the SOS news and blog.