Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-7104-1
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-4766-0370-4
photos, tables, appendices, notes, index
softcover (6 x 9) 2013
Although some of the book’s conclusions have previously appeared in our peer-reviewed articles as reproduced on shakespearestempest.com, the book also contains a wealth of new material supporting the theory of a play written at least by 1603 for Shrovetide performance.
Contrary to longstanding belief, the play’s New World imagery is derived not from William Strachey’s account of a 1609 shipwreck in Bermuda, but from Richard Eden’s 1555 Decades of the New World. The book will include detailed point-by-point rebuttals to two newly published critiques of our work: one by Alden Vaughan (2008) in Shakespeare Quarterly and another by Tom Reedy (2010) in Review of English Studies, showing how their misplaced confidence in traditional authority has led to misinterpretations of the evidence of the date and influence of Strachey’s manuscript.
While many books have been published in recent months advocating the “Oxfordian” theory of Shakespearean authorship, ours will be the first to directly challenge the longstanding orthodox belief that Oxford could not have been the author because he died in 1604, before the Tempest and several other plays were written. At least in the case of the Tempest, that argument is no longer credible.]]>
The award will be conferred at Concordia’s Annual Shakespeare Authorship Studies Conference, scheduled for April 12-15, 2012.
Others honored with the award for 2012 include journalist and novelist, Al Austin, in particular appreciation for his work on the breakthrough PBS Frontline documentary, The Shakespeare Mystery, as well as for his forthcoming Oxfordian novel, The Cottage.
Katherine Chiljan, in special tribute to the scholarly achievement of her most recent book, Shakespeare Suppressed: The Uncensored Truth About Shakespeare and His Works, will also be honored with the award in 2012.
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A bit scared about flying to Odessa with two stops along the way, but friend Roger Stritmatter is going too, which helps me feel calmer about travelling.]]>
I’m speaking about Shakespeare’s connections To Oxford, based on 25 Curious Connections by Mark Alexander, and Roger’s presenting “Much Ado About Something: Searching for Shakespeare and the Shape of Intellectual History.”]]>