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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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Looking Not on His Picture, but His Books: Two New Histories of Folger’s Quest for First Folios Shed Unintended Light on the Authorship Question

A Review Essay by Michael Dudley Originally published in Brief Chronicles First Folio Special Edition (2016), pages 133–139 The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger’s Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare’s First Folio by Andrea E. Mays. Simon & Schuster, New York, ...

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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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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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Brief Chronicles Publishes Special First Folio Edition

In response to the many activities marking the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakspere of Stratford, and particularly in response to the Folger Shakespeare Library’s decision to exhibit copies of the First Folio in every state in the ...

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Waugh Presents New Interpretation of Shakespeare Monument at Stratford

Leave it to writer and editor Alexander Waugh to come up with a theory that ties together almost every aspect of the Shakespeare Monument in the Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon. That’s what he has done in his recent article, ...

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Oxfordian Response to Shakespeare Beyond Doubt

Cambridge University Press recently released Shakespeare Beyond Doubt, which attempts to prove that there is “no doubt” that William Shakspere of Stratford wrote the works of “William Shakespeare.” But while over 70 documents exist about the Stratford man that were ...

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Shakespeare’s Son on Death Row?

This article from the Summer 1998 Shakespeare Oxford Newsletter gives an introduction and brief overview of researcher Peter Dickson's startling, provocative theory about the true political-historical context surrounding the publication of the First Folio, namely that the publication occurred in the midst of a major --but now all but forgotten-- historic event: the Spanish Marriage Crisis. Dickson makes a strong case that the First Folio publication project must have been connected with --and influenced by-- this political crisis. Such a connection --if borne out over time-- could change forever all Shakespearean scholarship (Stratfordian and anti-Stratfordian) on this critical period in English history.

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“Publish We This Peace…”

Roger Stritmatter illustrates the explanatory power of Peter Dickson's theory about the political context of the First Folio publication with this telling look at why --possibly-- Cymbeline appears as the last play in the First Folio, a circumstance that has puzzled scholars for decades and for which no good answer has ever been provided.

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