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- Publisher: Forever Press (March 10, 2017)
- Publication Date: March 10, 2017
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As the late Orson Welles said to an interviewer in the 1950s: "I think Oxford wrote Shakespeare. If you don't there an awful lot of funny coincidences to explain away."
However, my disagreements have always been tempered by my awareness, which has grown over many years, of Whittemore's often discerning insight into many aspects of the Shakespearean question, an insight that has been nourished over the years by his close and systematic reading of the relevant scholarship as well as the original texts of Shakespeare.
The fruit of that many years of careful sifting of evidence is abundantly evident in this exceptional and important book, which lists in its bibliography approximately 200 books and articles, by both orthodox and Oxfordian Shakespeare scholars. In this exceptionally lucid, carefully designed book, which lacks most of the production flaws often seen in self-published work, Mr. Whittemore lays out 100 of the top reasons to conclude that 1) there is an authorship question, and 2) Oxford is the real author of the works traditionally ascribed to "Shakespeare" or -- as the name often appears in the earliest productions, "Shake-speare." These run the gamut from Oxford's Hamlet-like theatrical patronage of multiple troops of actors, his close association with the classical scholar and alleged Ovid translator, his uncle Arthur Golding, to my own work on the Geneva Bible, studies of 14 domains of special knowledge in Shakespeare which which Oxford has a demonstrable familiarity, to aspects of particular plays, with an entire chapter including 10 connections between Hamlet and Oxford's life. The index -- a feature not often seen on less carefully constructed books -- provides a highly useful tool for the researcher to consult Whittemore's analysis on more than 440 topics or persons.
To summarize, this is an exceptionally lucid and thorough exploration of the arguments, many of them newly discovered within the last 32 years since Charlton Ogburn's magisterial 1984 *The Mysterious William Shakespeare,* supporting J.T. Looney's 1920 theory identifying Shakespeare with Oxford. Masterfully organized, the book takes the reader through 100 primary reasons supporting the theory. Whittemore's long experience studying and writing about the authorship question, and keen eye for problematic fact or surprising but enlightening fact, is evident throughout.
This book is unquestionably the best general book on the Oxfordian case since Mark Anderson's 2005 *Shakespeare By Another Name.*
Traditionalists insist the real author knew the world of the theater from the inside. Whittemore begins presenting far more evidence of Edward de Vere’s close associations with the theater than the skimpy evidence of the traditional author’s theatrical involvement (which may have been primarily as a money lender).
Whittemore remains closely attuned to his reader’s reactions along the way, serving as a sympathetic, knowledgeable guide on this exciting journey. Those who claim it makes no difference who wrote Shakespeare will think twice about that assumption, when they discover the new pleasure in watching a Shakespeare play, or reading a Shakespeare sonnet, now that we know so much more about the true author.
Biographies of the traditional author from Stratford-on-Avon are exercises in misleading speculation. In contrast, Whittemore presents hundreds of well-documented facts to support his authorship candidate, Edward de Vere.
We’ve all been sold a defective Avon product, folks. It’s time to return it for a full refund!
Richard M. Waugaman, M.D.
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry,
Georgetown University School of Medicine
Training and Supervising Analyst, Emeritus,
Washington Psychoanalytic Institute
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It will be thoroughly un-enjoyable for those unable or unwilling to get past the Stratford Myth.