Shakespeare By Another Name by Mark Anderson
A Biography Of Edward De Vere, Earl Of Oxford, The Man Who Was Shakespeare

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The debate over the true author of the Shakespeare canon has raged for centuries. Astonishingly little evidence supports the traditional belief that Will Shakespeare, the actor and businessman from Stratford-upon-Avon, was the author. Legendary figures such as Mark Twain, Walt Whitman and Sigmund Freud have all expressed grave doubts that an uneducated man who apparently owned no books and never left England wrote plays and poems that consistently reflect a learned and well-traveled insider's perspective on royal courts and the ancient feudal nobility. Recent scholarship has turned to Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford—an Elizabethan court playwright known to have written in secret and who had ample means, motive and opportunity to in fact have assumed the "Shakespeare" disguise.

"Shakespeare" by Another Name is the literary biography of Edward de Vere as "Shakespeare." This groundbreaking book tells the story of de Vere's action-packed life—as Renaissance man, spendthrift, courtier, wit, student, scoundrel, patron, military adventurer, and, above all, prolific ghostwriter—finding in it the background material for all of The Bard's works. Biographer Mark Anderson incorporates a wealth of new evidence, including de Vere’s personal copy of the Bible (in which de Vere underlines scores of passages that are also prominent Shakespearean biblical references).

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Mark Anderson is the author of "Shakespeare" By Another Name and has covered science, history, and technology for many media outlets, including Discover and National Public Radio. He holds a BA in physics, an MS in astrophysics, and lives in western Massachusetts.
Published November 3, 2011 by Untreed Reads. 640 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships, Humor & Entertainment, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Anderson makes a spirited case, and even the staunchest anti–de Vere partisan will profit from hearing him out—though will likely remain unconvinced.

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No matter: following Orson Welles’s lead, Anderson turns to the well-worn thesis that the Earl of Oxford, Edward de Vere, had all the chops to be the real Shakespeare (pen name Shake-speare, with winking hyphen): he was brilliant, much traveled and splendid, but also noble—good reason to stay awa...

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It can be read, and signed, at the website of the Shakespeare Authorship Coalition at: Here’s what James Shapiro says about the Declaration: “It is a skillfully drafted document, the collaborative effort of some of the best minds committed to (raising doubts...

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As long ago as 1985, writing before the most recent and dynamic phase of the Oxfordian scholarship over the last thirty years, Folger Library Educations Director Richmond Crinkley, writing in the Shakespeare Quarterly, noted that "doubts about Shakespeare's authorship emerged early and have a s...

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