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Shakespeare--Who Was He?: The Oxford Challenge to the Bard of Avon

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Debate has swirled for years around that most significant of literary problems, the authorship of Shakespeare's works. Now Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, a recognized poet and playwright, has eclipsed Bacon, Marlowe, and all the other candidates for authorship honors. Lengthy and specialized studies have detailed the historico-literary case for Oxford and against the man from Stratford-on-Avon . . . Shakespeare: Who Was He? is the first book to give the general reader a clear, readable, concise analysis of the arguments for both men. Most intriguing are the many direct parallels between Oxford's life and Shakespeare's works, especially in Hamlet, the most autobiographical of the plays. Shakespeare: Who Was He? is a literary mystery of monumental proportions. Whalen's presentation breathes new life into the plays and sonnets through this breakthrough examination of the real-life Hamlet, Edward de Vere, the 17th earl of Oxford.

William Shakespeare is the only literary figure whose very identity is a matter of long-standing and continuing dispute. Was he really the glover's son from Stratford-on-Avon? Or was he someone else writing under the pseudonym William Shakespeare? The question has been called the foremost literary problem in world literature and history's biggest literary whodunnit. Interest in it has never been greater, and that interest is growing now that a consensus has formed for Edward de Vere, the seventeenth earl of Oxford, as the leading candidate. Oxford, a recognized poet, playwright, and patron of acting companies, has eclipsed Bacon, Marlowe, and all the other candidates. The Oxfordian challenge is now being covered in scholarly books, in articles in magazines such as The New Yorker and Atlantic Monthly, and on television, including an hour-long PBS FrontLine program. The issue has even been debated in a moot court before three justices of the Supreme Court--with an intriguing outcome.

Whalen's book is the first to provide a clear, concise, readable summary for the general reader, one that analyzes the main arguments for both the man from Stratford-on-Avon and the earl of Oxford. His conclusion? The case for Oxford is much more persuasive. Oxford's life in general and in its particulars is mirrored throughout the works of Shakespeare in many striking ways, particularly in Hamlet, the most autobiographical of the plays. Many who have examined the case for Oxford have had their appreciation of Shakespeare transformed and immensely enriched. This book will be required reading for those who love Shakespeare and want to know more about why the authorship controversy persists. The main narrative, which takes the reader easily through the pros and cons for each man, is supplemented by extensive, entertaining endnotes and appendixes, plus a comprehensive, annotated bibliography.

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Whalen presents the case for both the man from Stratford-on-Avon and the current leading contender, Edward de Vere, the 17th earl of Oxford, and concludes that the case for Oxford is much more persuasive. Includes a comprehensive, annotated bibliography.
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Synopsis:

William Shakespeare is the only literary figure whose very identity is a matter of long-standing and continuing dispute. Was he really the glover's son from Stratford-on-Avon? Or was he someone else writing under the pseudonym William Shakespeare? The question has been called the foremost literary problem in world literature and "history's biggest literary whodunnit". Interest in it has never been greater, and that interest is growing now that a consensus has formed for Edward de Vere, the seventeenth earl of Oxford, as the leading candidate. Whalen's book is the first to provide a clear, concise, readable summary for the general reader, one that analyzes the main arguments for both the man from Stratford-on-Avon and the earl of Oxford. His conclusion? The case for Oxford is much more persuasive. This book will be required reading for those who love Shakespeare and want to know more about why the authorship controversy persists. The main narrative, which takes the reader easily through the pros and cons for each man, is supplemented by extensive, entertaining endnotes and appendixes, plus a comprehensive, annotated bibliography.

Synopsis:

Debate has swirled for years around that most significant of literary problems, the authorship of Shakespeare's works. Now Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, a recognized poet and playwright, has eclipsed Bacon, Marlowe, and all the other candidates for authorship honors.

Synopsis:

The only introduction to the Shakespeare authorship question with a clear, concise evaluation of the arguments for both "William Shakespeare" and Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, this book lays out the case for the general reader in lively, readable prose.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [171]-178) and index.

About the Author

RICHARD F. WHALEN is a writer, lecturer, and President of the Shakespeare Oxford Society.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Paul H. Nitze

Preface

The Incumbent: The Man from Stratford

A Strikingly Mundane Life

The Missing Literary Evidence

Shakspere versus Shakespeare

The Case for Will Shakspere as Author

The Ambiguous Testimony of the First Folio

The Leading Challenger: The Earl of Oxford

The Search for the True Author

Oxford's Literary Life

The Case for Oxford as Author

Oxford's Life Span and Dating the Plays

Oxford Revealed in Shakespeare's Plays

Objections to Oxford as Shakespeare

Resolving the Authorship Issue

Appendix A: Records of Will Shakspere's Theater Activities

Appendix B: "Shake-scene," Groatsworth, and Chettle

Appendix C: Ben Jonson's Notebook, Timber

Appendix D: The Benezet Test

Notes

Select, Annotated Bibliography for Further Reading

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780275948504
Other:
Whalen, Richard
Publisher:
Praeger
Author:
Whalen, Richard F.
Author:
Whalen, Richard
Location:
Westport, Conn. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Shakespeare
Subject:
Shakespeare, william, 1564-1616
Subject:
Playwriting
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Nobility
Subject:
Dramatists, English
Subject:
Oxford, edward de vere, earl of, 1550-1604
Subject:
Nobility -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Series Volume:
no. 4024
Publication Date:
19940931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.58x5.84x.90 in. .90 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , William Shakespeare is the only literary figure whose very identity is a matter of long-standing and continuing dispute. Was he really the glover's son from Stratford-on-Avon? Or was he someone else writing under the pseudonym William Shakespeare? The question has been called the foremost literary problem in world literature and "history's biggest literary whodunnit". Interest in it has never been greater, and that interest is growing now that a consensus has formed for Edward de Vere, the seventeenth earl of Oxford, as the leading candidate. Whalen's book is the first to provide a clear, concise, readable summary for the general reader, one that analyzes the main arguments for both the man from Stratford-on-Avon and the earl of Oxford. His conclusion? The case for Oxford is much more persuasive. This book will be required reading for those who love Shakespeare and want to know more about why the authorship controversy persists. The main narrative, which takes the reader easily through the pros and cons for each man, is supplemented by extensive, entertaining endnotes and appendixes, plus a comprehensive, annotated bibliography.
"Synopsis" by , Debate has swirled for years around that most significant of literary problems, the authorship of Shakespeare's works. Now Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, a recognized poet and playwright, has eclipsed Bacon, Marlowe, and all the other candidates for authorship honors.
"Synopsis" by , The only introduction to the Shakespeare authorship question with a clear, concise evaluation of the arguments for both "William Shakespeare" and Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, this book lays out the case for the general reader in lively, readable prose.
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