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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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #468,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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Good interesting book.
I've read and re-read these poems since the 70's and something was always missing for me.
R J Collins
The index is excellent.
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75 of 87 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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44 of 53 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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28 of 37 people found the following review helpful By L. Power TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 17, 2012
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There is a reason why conspiracy theories are called conspiracy theories, not conspiracy facts, and that is because they are unproven, or not proven yet, and may never be proven.

Now we have a large body of work on DeVere, about 200 books on Amazon, yet almost no books of his poetry. I read as much as I could of Anderson's book Shakespeare by another name, and found it annoying, because he clearly has difficulty distinguishing between fact and fantasy. If one does not have a good understanding of facts, it's easy to get carried away with fantasy.

Mostly, the arguments are metaphorical, and based on analogy and parallel, not on tying respective bodies of work together.

eg Hamlet killed a servant. Devere killed a servant. Therefore Devere wrote Hamlet. If one reads the source story of Hamlet, Amleth, by Saxo Grammaticus, which predates Devere's existence by several hundred years Amleth kills a servant, rendering this parallel irrelevant. Anderson also claims DeVere based Desdemona, and Juliet on his wife. So the wife he hated and refused to live with is the basis for the teenage Juliet.

As weak as the facts are supporting Shakespeare's authorship, the DeVere theory will not replace it, because you cannot replace a weak set of facts with something even weaker.

I browsed through Chiljan's book several times on the bookstore, reluctant after the Anderson experience but each time gleaning something new, interesting, and factual, decided to buy it.

Her interest is not in proving DeVere wrote Shakespeare, but proving whether Shakespeare did. As a historian she knows what a fact is, and refers to the great writer, rather than naming DeVere. This made reading the book more palatable.
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