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KATHERINE CHILJAN (BA History, UCLA) is an independent scholar who has studied the Shakespeare authorship question for over 26 years. She has debated the topic with English professors at the Smithsonian Institution and at the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco. Chiljan served as editor of the Shakespeare-Oxford Newsletter, and edited two anthologies: Dedication Letters to the Earl of Oxford, and Letters and Poems of Edward, Earl of Oxford.
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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Faire Editions; 1st edition (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982940548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982940549
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #763,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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84 of 98 people found the following review helpful By William J. Ray on September 10, 2011
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'Shakespeare Suppressed', in a graceful, sustained style, analyzes both the original and centuries-long hoaxes clouding who wrote the Shakespeare canon.

The historiographic vacuum at the center of our English literary pantheon has changed considerably in recent years. The Stratford "Shakespeare" story has always been more legend than history. But the quality of the new scholarship by mainly amateur literary historians remains uneven. Except for 'The Shakespeare Guide to Italy' by Richard Paul Roe and 'Shakespeare by Another Name' by Mark Anderson, commercial publishers have not taken a chance on non-academic authorship books. This volume is the most reliable and thorough monograph on the literary identity Ralph Waldo Emerson said was "the first of all literary questions".

Katherine Chiljan uncovers the truth, beyond reasonable doubt, that Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, wrote, concealed, and then was blackmailed to relinquish his right as author of the familiar, striking, and eloquent creations known to us as "Shakespeare". It is the work of a lifetime.

The usual dismissive canards--that Oxfordian research is unconventional, the sourcing unreliable, the premises not factually based--cannot succeed against this sometimes astoundingly erudite body of scholarship. The arguments are measured. The index is excellent. The illustrations and overall published quality exceed that of the major houses.

There is a final section entitled 'Conjectures and Dares' that considers the less extensive but still relevant evidence. The author's sense of caution and objectivity differentiates 'Shakespeare Suppressed' from more speculatively inclined works in the field.
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48 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Earnest Moncrieff on November 28, 2011
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Not to be missed. Countless stranded, obscured or new key historical facts are assembled, documented and connected by historian Chiljan in "Shakespeare Suppressed."

One focus of Chiljan's extensive fact-finding targets the myriad puzzles and gaps linking the poet Shake-speare to the 3rd Earl of Southampton. How did printer Thomas Thorpe fare after publishing the 1609 Shake-speare Sonnets in which Southampton, as many orthodox Bard scholars surmise, was likely the Sonnets' Fair Youth? Thorpe's fortunes sank quickly and far. His Sonnet publication was suppressed. Meanwhile, Southampton suffered various jailings and insults after his surprising release from prison (and his wealth/status restoration) by King James I - reversing Southampton's death sentence for his Essex rebellion treason.

Any links here? Indeed there are. Who pushed the 1609 Sonnets to press? SPOILER ALERT: "Shakespeare Suppressed" tabs Southampton as the politically driven driver for Sonnet publication. Such actions in Chiljan's view ironically prompted the Earl of Pembroke (William Herbert, brother to a son-in-law - and nearly one himself - of Edward de Vere) to ramrod the publication of the "First Folio" so as to subsume permanently the identity of the great author into that of the Stratford actor's beard, thereby extinguishing the incendiary Tudor political and succession messages and rumors emanating from those 1609 Sonnets.

After assembling and linking mountains of key facts and interconnections, historian Chiljan presents a "unified solution" to the Sonnets and to related literary, historical and publishing puzzles that stump or are buried by orthodox Shakespearean scholarship. For example, Stratfordian orthodoxy greatly fogs, mislabels or demeans (e.g.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Destro on January 16, 2015
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Ms. Chiljan has written one of the best books on the topic of the authorship question. It is a great scholarly contribution to the area of Shakespeare studies. She has complied in one place so many facts and figures and citations that, when added together, prove to any open mind beyond a reasonable doubt that Will Shaksper of Stratford could NEVER have been the writer Shake-speare. She gives us 93 allusions to Shakespeare plays that appear in print too early for the traditional dating of the plays (and too early for the Stratford man to have written them). And all that is merely in an appendix!

Supporters of the traditional Shakespeare orthodoxy often claim that the Shakespeare-doubting started relatively recently. However, Ms Chiljan documents case after case of Elizabethan authors who referred to the shroud of mystery surrounding their "best" poet and playwright, often implying his noble status and need for anonymity, as well as case after case of authors writing about a man of simple wit who was benefiting from, or outright stealing, a great writer's work. Coincidence? Maybe, but when the characters described in print are referred to as "Willy" and "W.S."! Among the literary and theatrical world, it seems EVERYone knew about the mix-up between the nobleman using the pseudonym of "Will Shake-Spear" and the illiterate bumpkin from the countryside, who simply owned shares in the Globe and was perhaps a financier (money-lender) and play broker.

The book also proposes a very plausible theory about who was behind the misdirection that led to today's misunderstanding of who was really whom.
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