Rosalie Books publication of Richard Paul Roe's private edition of The Shakespeare Guide to Italy, June 2010
Peter Henningsen, assistant publicist at Harper Collins, said the late Richard Paul Roe's book, The Shakespeare Guide to Italy will be released by the publisher on November 1, 2011. A limited private edition of The Shakespeare Guide to Italy was published by Rosalie Books in June 2010 to acclaim throughout the Shakespeare authorship community. The Shakespeare Guide reveals the work of Shakespeare in intimate detail -- mapping his characters' travels, play-by-play through the summer light and moonlit dark of Renaissance Italy. In his introduction, Roe says:
No book or article addressing the (Shakespeare) identity issue has provided a forensic examination of the uniue references that the author has specifically disclosed in his plays. Indeed, his familiarity with Italy, its sites and sights, specific details, history, geography, unique cultural aspects, places and things, practices and propensities, etc. -- is quite simply astonishing.
To enhance objectivity, this book shuns all existing arguments about the identity of the playwright, simply calling him "the playwright" or "the author". . . . What then, did the real author of the Italian Plays, whoever he was, know about Italy? What information does he reveal that was not available in the media of his day? And what does his body of unique and personal knowledge disclose about this man of actual travel and wide-ranging awareness of the affairs of state?The author answers those questions with such charm, grace, and precision that Harper Collins' publication of The Shakespeare Guide to Italy next fall will thrill lovers of Shakespeare all over the world -- a fitting legacy for the work of Richard Paul Roe.