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Shakespeare Suppressed: The Uncensored Truth About Shakespeare and His Works Paperback – September 1, 2011
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Ms. Chiljan thoroughly and meticulously examines- and systematically demolishes- the traditional attribution of the works of the great author Shakespeare to the man from Stratford, William Shakspere. The book does not put forward the case for the particular person or persons behind the plays and poems, but it is very important to understand first why the works were cloaked in anonymity to begin with and why such a fraud was perpetrated for decades thereafter (and ultimately accepted without question by academia).
Read this and prepare to question all you have been taught by supposed "Shakespeare" scholars.
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.Read more ›
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Katherine Chiljans' definitive masterpiece on the true nature and being of William Shakespeare is a dramatic revelation on the life and times of the master. Read morePublished 4 months ago by pmdworks
A reference book.
It's been by my bed for months, taken in little by little.
But I will remember everything Ms. Chiljan has given to me.
Did the man from Stratford write the plays and sonnets attributed to him? The case for the scarcity of strong evidence is well made in this book, and the discerning reader will see... Read morePublished on December 16, 2013 by Paul
This wonderfully researched and documented historical analysis of the truth that Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford was the actual author of the works of "Shakes-peare" is an... Read morePublished on May 3, 2013 by Glenn Clayden
Scholarship Suppressed: The Uncensored Truth About Oxfordians and Their Books
Ms. Chiljan is to be congratulated on writing yet another book on how the paucity in... Read more
Don't be fooled by the laudatory reviews - which sound as though they were written by the author or her colleagues. Read morePublished on March 27, 2013 by Erstwhile
Dense at times, but very well researched.
Good conclusions and final chapter on the Pembroke's
involvement with the First Folio. Read more
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... Read morePublished on May 17, 2012 by Inkhorn