- Hardcover: 912 pages
- Publisher: Epm Pubns Inc; 2 Sub edition (October 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0939009676
- ISBN-13: 978-0939009671
- Product Dimensions: 2 x 7.2 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Mysterious William Shakespeare: The Myth & the Reality Hardcover – October, 1992
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Top Customer Reviews
Because it isn't human nature to carefully read through hundreds of pages of detailed argument, when you disagree violently with every other word.
(Although it IS human nature, when attacked with calm, reasoned argument against an untenable position, to slash back viciously! This obviously applies to things other than just literary discussions and authorship question battles...)
For those of you trying to decide whether you want to buy this book, ask yourself these questions:
Do you love literature, and authors, and are interested in the connections between life and art?
Do you love more the art of the Shakespearean plays, than the artist myth (and it is indeed a myth, for anyone literate who has taken a step back, and spent more than two nanoseconds looking at the arguments)?
Are you open to hearing what people are discussing, and not put off by the nasty, reactionary violence of those who are holding on desperately to the orthodox view?
Then this is the right book to start with.
If not, don't bother. Seriously. You'll just hate this book, and regret every penny you spent on it.
But if you're intrigued by all the fun of a good, old rough-and-tumble literary debate, and also love literature deeply and love to read about the creative process, you'll love this book.
Admittedly, there are now dozens of much newer and more tangibly supportive studies which deal with the authorship question in general, and Edward de Vere specifically.
But Charlton Ogburn's tome, though now somewhat dated compared to newer works, provides THE foundation for all that has followed.Read more ›
damn book out of out intellectualy honesty--I was
writing a novel in which Shakespeare would appear
and thought I'd better look into the authorship
I loved Willy. I loved the whole IDEA of Willy,
that small-town boys make good, that towering
genius will out. I did not happily give these up.
But Ogburn makes a far stronger case for
Edward de Vere than all the scholars and academics
have made for Will in the centuries they've had to
to do it. In fact, once you read this book you
will never hear or read "expert" testimony the
same way again--you could read it for that alone.
Ogburn lets the reader in on what the experts
leave out, like an elipsis in one citation that
replaces one word--"not"! Scalawags and rascals!
It's hilarious, outrageous, and, ultimately,
tragic, because, as Ogburn shows, the legend of
Will robs us of a far richer reading of the plays
and robs the true author of his immortality.
The book's length was daunting at first, but once it
grabbed hold I actually stayed up into the wee
hours reading it, gasping, laughing, and deeply
moved. Ogburn's style can be idiosyncratic
(passion can do that), but the sheer force of the
facts and arguments in the end overwhelm
everything else. I finished this book 95%
convinced that darling Will was not the
author of "Hamlet," and 90% convinced that
Edward de Vere was.
So be warned: If you think Eve was better off
before she ate the apple, this might not be the
book for you. But if you believe that knowledge
and truth are worth the price of a few illusions,
beloved as they are, have a bite.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Probably the definitive work on the Shakespeare question...if you can read Ogburn's revelation of the notes ['weaver's beam'] in de Vere's Genevan Bible, or better, the fact that... Read morePublished 11 months ago by BusstopWillyg
The book that changed many minds on who wrote Shakespeare, highly recommended.Published 17 months ago by Mr HW
I find well-researched books to be an absolute treasure. Regardless of your opinion of the Shakespeare Authorship Question, Charlton Ogburn has written a book on everything that... Read morePublished on July 11, 2014 by Leo J Mauler
This is the book that turned me into an Oxfordian. I had studied all that I could find, pro and con, to try to get at the truth of the matter. Read morePublished on June 10, 2014 by Leonard G. Deming II
Let's say it was deadly dangerous for a "commoner" to write a play that transparently mocked a powerful public figure.
So a nobleman had to be the author. Read more
This book, I must confess, completely convinced me in its main argument. However, once standards of scholarship and accuracy are applied to it, it falls utterly apart, despite... Read morePublished on December 11, 2011 by JP Ferraccio
Great book. Deep research. If read it in combination with "Shakespeare by Another Name" by Mark Anderson, you will have a boost in your inspiration and quite a "ride" about the... Read morePublished on December 7, 2011 by Martin Gomez
Ogburn is an ignoramus, and his ludicrous mammoth of a tome is about as trashy a compendium of lies, balderdash, delusions, errors, and lapses of taste as one could imagine. Read morePublished on October 24, 2011 by Bradley Metzner