Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Debate Emmerich live online tomorrow

An "Anonymous Debate live webcast with director Roland Emmerich" was announced on the Anonymous Facebook page at:
The announcement said:"Visit our Facebook page Wednesday, 9/28 at 8:00 PM PST and participate in a LIVE debate with Anonymous director Roland Emmerich."
That's 11 p.m. here in Michigan tomorrow, Wednesday, September 28, 2011.

Update 09/28/11:
CinemaBlend says Alan Nelson will debate Emmerich, Orloff and Beauclerk on the Facebook live webcast tonight:
Sony has announced that tomorrow [Wed.] night, at 8:15pm PST [11:15 p.m. EST -- both zones are on DST], Emmerich, executive producer/writer John Orloff and historian Charles Beauclerk are going to stage a live debate against UC Berkeley Professor Alan H. Nelson, the subject being the validity of Shakespeare's work. The whole thing will be broadcast live on the movie's official Facebook page, which you can find HERE. Paired with the announcement is a new TV spot for Anonymous 

Video of Emmerich/Nelson debate http://www.nowlive.com/anonymous

Monday, September 26, 2011

Oberons in DC

Shakespeare Fellowship president Earl Showerman released the schedule for the annual joint conference of the Shakespeare Fellowship and the Shakespeare Oxford Society October 13-16, 2001 in Washington DC. Four Oberon Shakespeare Society members will present papers to the conference on Friday, October 14. 

Oberon chair R. Thomas Hunter, PhD and Oberon treasurer Thomas Townsend will present You Had to Be There:  Shakespeare and Romeo and Juliet. Tom Hunter said:
We explore what we can learn from this play that Stratfordians have missed when one proceeds on the basis that Edward de Vere, the 17th  Earl of Oxford, had something to do with its writing. By means of a close examination of local detail in the play, its euphuistic language, its humanist philosophy and its connections to Edward de Vere, we discover implications for earlier dating of the play and evidence that the playwright must have had personal knowledge of Verona and northern Italy.
Oberon member Ron Halstead will present "A Miracle, a Miracle! -- Shapiro's Defense of the Stratford claim"; and Oberon co-founder Barbara Burris will present "Janssen/Cobbe Portraits".

They will be supported in D.C. by an Oberon contingent including SOS president Richard Joyrich, SOS board member Susan Grimes Width, Oberon safety officer Rosey Hunter, and Oberon members Joy Townsend and Susan Nenadic.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Emmerich brings Anonymous to Ann Arbor Sept. 29, 2011

Sony representative Stephanie Gonzales of Allied Integrated Marketing in Bloomfield Hills confirmed today that Roland Emmerich's film, Anonymous, will be screened for an audience of University of Michigan English literature and history classes at 7 p.m. September 29 at the State Theater in Ann Arbor.

Emmerich, screenwriter John Orloff, and author Charles Beauclerk will be in Ann Arbor to meet with media representatives and take part in a panel discussion after the Anonymous screening a week from today. University of Michigan associate professor Doug Trevor will also take part in the discussion.

"Sony Pictures asked if I'd serve on a panel to provide an academic perspective on the question of authorship in Shakespeare studies," Trevor said. "I thought my students might enjoy seeing the film so I agreed. . . . I look forward to seeing the film."

A contingent of 18 Oberon members will also attend, courtesy of Karie DiNardo, senior publicist at Sony Pictures Entertainment in Los Angeles.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Kurt Kreiler's Der Mann . . . now in English translation

Kurt Kreiler made quite a splash in the German press two years ago when his biography of the seventeenth earl of Oxford, Edward de Vere, was published as Der Mann der Shakespeare erfand (The Man who Invented Shakespeare). The Shakespeare Oxford Society News page online reported on the coverage including some translations of German reviews. (See list of links at the end of this article.) Kreiler's book is now available in English translation under the title Anonymous Shake-Speare Earl of Oxford: the Man Behind. This English translation of Kreiler's book is available in ebook format from Amazon and other outlets for $9.99. 

Richard Malim of the De Vere Society reported on Nina Green's Phaeton email list that Kreiler would be on hand along with Roland Emmerich and a German academic to discuss Emmerich's film about the Shakespeare authorship, Anonymous, when it is screened on October 14, 2011 at the Frankfurt Book Fair. More information about his book is available on Kreiler's English language web page at http://www.anonymous-shakespeare.com.

SOS 2009-10 coverage of Kurt Kreiler's Der Mann . . .


Oberon meets Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011

From Oberon Chair R. Thomas Hunter, PhD:

Our Oberon meeting is this coming Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Farmington Library, 32737 W. 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48334, usual time 7 p.m.

We will get the first exciting news about the new blockbuster Oxfordian film Anonymous from Richard Joyrich, fresh from the Concordia Conference and the first (unofficial) showing of the film.  Not only did attendees see the film, they had director Roland Emmerich himself leading the discussion and meeting participants and signing autographs.  Richard will render his always informed and detailed review of the conference with special attention to Anonymous.

The film has played to skeptical but generally positive reviews.  Those who have seen it or even seen just the trailer and clips which have hit the internet know that the film is of high quality and will raise the discussion of authorship to the next level.  It won't change any minds but will open the controversy to many who are not yet acquainted with it.

This is a meeting not to miss!

Your faithful chair,
Tom Hunter

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Emmerich joins Shapiro for New Yorker Festival interview Sept. 30, 2011

Actor and author Hank Whittemore reported on his Facebook page that Roland Emmerich will appear along with Contested Will author James Shapiro after a September 30 preview of Emmerich's film, Anonymous. From the New Yorker Festival site:
FRIDAY NIGHT SNEAK PREVIEW Sept. 30. 2011 at New Yorker Film Festival
“Anonymous ”
A special screening of “Anonymous,” inspired by the theory that the works of Shakespeare were written by the Earl of Oxford. After the screening, Larissa MacFarquhar will talk with the film’s director, Roland Emmerich, and the Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro.
Read more http://www.newyorker.com/festival/schedule/friday#ixzz1Y1f3p293

Monday, September 12, 2011

Oberon offers Anonymous tour guide

Roland Emmerich’s film,  Anonymous, about the Shakespeare authorship controversy is due out October 28. The film trailer sprawls across the Internet and movie screens, and enormous posters scream “Was Shakespeare a fraud?” in theater lobbies all over the country.

On June 6, Emmerich debated Shakespeare Birthplace Trust director Stanley Wells in London – challenging Wells’ traditional ascription of the Bard’s literary creation to a man from of Stratford-upon-Avon.

Following hard on the heels of James Shapiro’s defense of the status quo, Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?-- published last year by Scribner -- Emmerich’s star-scattered, CGI-enhanced, scandal-ridden view of the Elizabethan court promises to ruffle the inky feathers of traditionalists who cannot let go of a discredited icon.

If this all sounds too intriguing to ignore, but you need a tour-director to guide you through labyrinthine halls filled with Stratfordian and anti-Stratfordian iconography, please allow us to shine a lantern along the echoing stone corridors of ages past.

The Oberon Shakespeare Study Group is a Michigan institution dedicated to studying the work published under the name William Shakespeare, with particular interest in the question of authorship. Our members are highly educated men and women who have dedicated decades to the study of the intriguing puzzle of who wrote Shakespeare. Many have had the results of their inquiry published and have presented at national conferences on the topic. All revere the work of Shakespeare and wish to learn more about the author and his milieu.

As part of our educational outreach during this unprecedented period of fascination with the subject of Shakespearean authorship, a selection of our membership is available for panel discussions, interviews, and presentations. Our co-founder Richard Joyrich has seen the Emmerich film and is available for discussion. His review of the film is available at "Premier of Anonymous".
Please contact us at mailto:<linda.theil@gmail.com> for more information.

Schedule of events re: Roland Emmerich’s Shakespeare authorship film, Anonymous

September 7, 2011 North American premier of Roland Emmerich’s film Anonymous at Shakespeare Authorship Studies Conference at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon (Also premiered at Toronto International Film Festival September 9)
September 22, 2011, 6:45 p.m. Farmington Community Library Oberon Shakespeare Study Group monthly meeting features report and review of Anonymous premier by Oberon founder and Shakespeare Oxford Society President Richard Joyrich, MD
October 13-16, 2011 Washington Court Hotel, Washington DC Shakespeare Fellowship/Shakespeare Oxford Society joint annual conference http://www.shakespearefellowship.org/conference2011/
October 27, 2011 6:45 p.m. Farmington Community Library Oberon Shakespeare Study Group monthly meeting features reports by eight member Oberon contingent to SF/SOS annual conference in Washington DC
October 28, 2011 Roland Emmerich film Anonymous is scheduled to open in wide release in U.S. theaters.
October 29, 2011, 2 p.m. Laurel Park Place Mall Oberon members discuss: "Who's 'Anonymous'? Talk about the Shakespeare authorship question" at the Michigan International Book Festival 

Plan summer 2012 England trip now

Tickets go on sale October 10, 2011 for the Royal Shakespeare Company's World Shakespeare Festival to be held April 23 to September 9, 2012 as part of England's Cultural Olympiad. 

In a BBC News article dated September 6, "London 2012: Shakespeare Festival leads cultural events"  reporter Helen Busby wrote:

Thousands of worldwide performers, both amateur and professional, are involved in the festival. Shows, including those specially commissioned, will take place both in London and across the UK.
The RSC has collaborated in the UK with venues including the Globe, the Almeida Theatre, the Barbican, the British Museum, National Theatre, National Theatre Wales, the Roundhouse and Sage Gateshead. Some of the productions will also be online.
The Globe, on the banks of the London's River Thames, has already announced that it will present all of Shakespeare's plays, staging one production itself with the remaining 36 plays each performed in a different language by a different company from around the world.
. . .
More than 260 amateur groups, with 7,200 performers aged from six to 90, will perform their own interpretations of Shakespeare everywhere from castles, parks and village halls to pubs, churches and a coffin works.
Shakespeare Unlocked is a digital project featuring film excerpts of performances and workshops, with emphasis on 11 to 18-year-olds. It is part of a project between BBC Learning and RSC Education.The festival also has an educational element, with the BBC exploring Shakespeare's role as "chronicler of our national history and identity".

Friday, September 9, 2011

Joyrich called it!

Oxford and the queen from Roland Emmerich's Anonymous

Mark Anderson, author of "Shakespeare" by Another Name, reported today on his ShakesVere Facebook page that media notice of Roland Emmerich's Anonymous (Was Shakespeare a Fraud?) is heating up with the film's debut at the Toronto International Film Festival this week.

Like Oberon's Richard Joyrich in yesterday's review here, film critic Bill Goodykoontz touted Anonymous as one of ten potential Oscar candidates at the Toronto International Film Festival this week.

"And if you want to get a jump on the Oscars race, obviously that's an option. Here are 10 movies that seem to have a pretty good chance at securing Oscar nominations in major categories," Goodykoontz said at AZ Central and other media outlets Wednesday. "Anonymous -- 'Who really wrote Shakespeare's plays?' is a popular parlor-game question for English majors from way back (I know, as I was one, and I'm plenty old). Roland Emmerich's film suggests it was the Earl of Oxford (Rhys Ifans) wielding the quill. Excellent advance buzz for this."

Rhys Ifans as Oxford joins an impressive list of leading men in new films at the festival, including including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Viggo Mortensen. And Stephen Rea on Philly.com asks, "Is Anonymous this year's The King's Speech?

Roland Emmerich was interviewed today on MTV where he commented on his film making process:
I never claimed to be a big Shakespeare scholar or anything. I've watched every movie that was made about his plays, which is a good way to get into William Shakespeare's plays, because most of the time, the plays themselves — you get the highest grade of talent and I did that. I said to myself, "I'm not a theater director." What we did was we looked for a theater director, and found one in Tamara Harvey, who's very young but has worked under Mark Rylance at [Shakespeare's Globe in London]. We had long discussions with Mark and some Shakespeare actors in London, and we tried to approach it like that. For me, it was very important to get the plays right and the work right. I wanted to glorify William Shakespeare; I didn't want to destroy him.
Anonymous will also appear at the British Film Institute London Film Festival where it will be shown October 25, 26, 27. The festival's artistic director Sandra Hebron said:
The story is a cinematic gift, replete with suspicion, snobbery, duplicity and self-advancement, and Emmerich tackles it with gusto. London is recreated as a city of extremes, from vermin-infested backstreets and dubious taverns to the splendour of the royal court, where back-stabbing, vanity and corruption span the class divide. Involved in the intrigue is an epic cast of characters, including Ben Jonson and other notable theatre figures of the period, as well as the Queen of England (Vanessa Redgrave, outstanding), her ambitious advisers and the Earl himself (Rhys Ifans, all creative yearning and camp sensibility). Whether you fall into the Oxfordian camp or don't much care, the whole is rollicking good fun, and the recreated performances at the Rose Theatre are a delight, reminding us that whoever they came from, Shakespeare's writings are a gift to us all.

Update 09/10/11:
Hollywood Reporter "Anonymous: Toronto Review" 
Movieline "Letter from Toronto: Even killer elite can't quite rival Emmerich's Anonymous"
Guardian "Anonymous review: The shock in this expose of the Bard is that it's rather good"
Boise Weekly "Thumbs up for Anonymous . . . "
Oregonian "Concordia University becomes hub of conflict over who wrote the plays of William Shakespeare" 

Update 09/12/11:
National Post (Canada) "TIFF Press Conference Diaries: Anonymous . . ." 

Update 09/13/11:
Reuters Canada "Roland Emmerich wins over critics with new film"
Sydney Morning Harold "Shakespeare fans will hate Anonymous"
Toronto Star "The young man who would be king"

Update 09/14/11:
Metro US "Joely Richardson talks Anonymous"
RealScreen "Atlantis Films, ZDF probe 'The Shakespeare Enigma'" authorship (Marlowe) documentary directed by Eike Schmitz
ReelZ ". . . new Anonymous preview clips"
The Hindu "The Real William Shakespeare" interview w/Stanley Wells
CBC "Anonymous: A must see . . ."

Update 09/16/11:
Collider "Anonymous review" Matt Goldberg
Time Out Chicago "TIFF 2011: Anonymous . . ."
Variety Reviews "Anonymous"

Update 09/19/11:
Daily Star "Roland Emmerich wins over critics with Shakespeare film"

Update 09/25/11:
London Daily Mail "Shakespeare in love (again) . . . "

Update 09/26/11:
WhatCulture! "TIFF 2011: Emmerich's Anonymous"

Update 09/30/11:
Unseen Films "Anonymous (2011) The New Yorker Film Festival 2011"

Update 10/01/11:
American Cinematographer "Anonymous shot by Anna J. Foerster . . ."

Update 10/2011
Brooklyn Rail "A Binary Star with Anonymous"

Update 10/05/11
ABC News "Annual New Yorker Fest Had a Shakespearean Twist"
USA Today "Roland Emmerich admits award is 'gutsy call'"
Wall Street Journal "Shakespeare Center Celebrates Anonymous director Roland Emmerich"
Los Angeles Times "Anonymous: Hollywood Takes on the Shakespeare Debate"
Examiner: Baltimore "Anonymous divides Shakespeare devotees"

Update 10/09/11
The Telegraph/London "Was William Shakespeare a fraud?"

Update 10/10/11
Michigan Times "Emmerich film sparks debate"

Update 10/13/11
On The Box "London Film Festival Interview: Artistic Director Sandra Hebron"

Update 10/14/11
ABC News "Anonymous: New Hollywood Film Shows William Shakespeare as Someone Else"

Update 10/16/11
Daily Beast/Newsweek "The Shakespeare Shakedown"

Update 10/17/11
Moviefone "Was Shakespeare a fraud? 'Anonymous' screenwriter John Orloff sure thinks so"
New York Times "Hollywood dishonors the Bard" 

Update 10/18/11
The Australian "Film casts fresh doubt on Shakespeare's authenticity"

Update 10/20/11
Chicago Sun Times "Film asks: Was Shakespeare a Fraud?"
Santa Monica Daily Press "Movie review: the case for Edward de Vere"

Update 10/21/11
ConsortiumNews "Intriguing Shakespeare Author Mystery"

Update 10/22&23/11
New York Times "Wouldn't It Be Cool if Shakespeare Wasn't Shakespeare?"
New York Times "Roland Emmerich's Anonymous seeks to unmask Shakespeare/Brush up your Shakespeare, or Whoever"
The Atlantic "The Anonymous question: Did Shakespeare write Shakespeare?"
Orlando Sentinel "Where Rhys Ifans stands on the whole 'Who wrote Shakespeare's plays thing'"
BBC News "Vanessa Redgrave on 'Fakespeare' theory" 

Update 10/24/11
BBC America "Did Shakespeare really write his plays? A few theories examined"
IndieWIRE/The Playlist "Roland Emmerich's Anonymous still manages to destroy something -- its own authenticity"
New York Magazine "Anonymous Director Roland Emmerich on doubting Shakespeare . . . "
PRI/Studio 360 "Shakespeare by Anonymous"
Digital Spy "Anonymous -- London Film Festival 2011"

Update 10/25/11
The Guardian "Shakespeare film Anonymous has lost plot Stratford says . . ."
Huffington Post "Marshal Fine movie review: Anonymous" full text at http://hollywoodandfine.com/reviews/?p=4366
New York Observer "Anonymous gives the mystery of who wrote Shakespeare's plays a very good name"

Update 10/26/11
Movie Fanatic "Anonymous exclusive: Rafe Spall spills Shakespeare's secrets"
Crave Online "Roland Emmerich on Anonymous"

Ongoing: Rotten Tomatoes "Anonymous" (2011)

The Premiere of Anonymous

Yes it has finally happened! The movie Anonymous has had its World Premiere on Wednesday, September 7 during the 15th Annual Shakespeare Authorship Studies Conference at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon. (Actually the "official" premiere will be next Sunday at the Toronto Film Festival). I was very happy to be able to represent the Oberon Group at this auspicious occasion.

Over 200 people (some of them Conference Registrants and others Concordia students or having other associations with the University) packed the Auditorium at the Portland Art Museum.

There was an introduction of the film by the director, Roland Emmerich (yes, he was there in person) and then the movie began in front of a hushed, but excited crowd.

I will say that the movie is quite fantastic. The acting and cinematography are among the best I've seen. Can you say "Oscar material"? I can.

As we have been led to believe from prior rumors and the movie trailer (some of what is in the trailer is not actually in the move though), the movie does concentrate heavily on the Essex Rebellion and the idea that the Earl of Southampton is the bastard son of Elizabeth and Edward de Vere. There is also the idea that de Vere himself was a son of Elizabeth, but it is not given any real importance. It is almost a throwaway point near the end of the movie. There are a few surprises as well which I won't spoil for you now. The characterizations of Edward de Vere as a man with a "tortured soul" and William Shakespeare as an almost incompetent illiterate actor without much of a conscience are first-rate.

I think you will all love it. I also think that the movie will on the whole be a good thing for the Oxfordian movement. Certainly, Stratfordians will have a field day nitpicking all of the liberties that Emmerich has taken with history and "received wisdom", but they will not be able to stop people from finding this a great story and wanting to know more about it. That's where all of us come in. I hope we will be ready for it.

Yes, there are quite a few "historical inaccuracies" in the movie which were taken in order to "tell the story" (see some remarks by Emmerich later in this post). We must all realize that this movie IS a story (the movie even begins with Derek Jacobi addressing a large faceless audience in a theater and briefly recounting the "accepted" story of Shakespeare from Stratford and then saying, "But let me tell you another story, a darker story..." as the modern theater dissolves and we find ourselves in London in 1599 or thereabouts).

I'm reminded of the liberties taken with history in the movie Shakespeare in Love. But then the traditional scholars did not find much to complain about. After all, this story worked in their favor, "fleshing out" Shakespeare and offering a possible solution to the appalling lack of any personality or substance to the accepted Shakespeare of Stratford.

Anonymous is a whole different "kettle of fish". This movie, while still offering only ONE possible story about the creation of the plays written under the name of Shakespeare (or more commonly Shake-Speare), flies in the face of "received wisdom" and will be a real problem for the "Establishment". To paraphrase James Shapiro during his recent presentation in Stratford, Ontario (see prior blog entries for more information): Emmerich has been previously known as a director of disaster movies and this one (Anonymous) will also be a disaster.

After the movie was over (it's about two hours long) there was a panel discussion with Roland Emmerich, Professors Daniel Wright (English Department) and Joel Davis (History Department) of Concordia University, and Hank Whittemore (author of The Monument).

Of course, Emmerich's remarks were the most interesting. He admitted that he was drawn to make this movie because he knew it would make a great story. Only later did he realize that he was stepping into a "hot bed" of controversy among Oxfordians, not to mention the "orthodox" academics. He knows that he was playing with history, but defended it in much the same way Shakespeare would have defended his own use of history: We can only offer our own interpretation of history in order to tell the story that we want to tell. In his words, "Life is messy. Film is more organized".

Emmerich admits that he didn't know much about the Authorship Question when he began working on the movie, but he has since been "converted" to Oxfordianism (to use the religious language that has sprung up around this issue). Some of the actors in the movie (such as Rhys Ifans and Vanessa Redgrave) also admitted to Emmerich that they were now very interested in the issue while other actors "just didn't care". Of course, the movie does have Derek Jacobi and Mark Rylance, both already confirmed Antistratfordians.

The movie is scheduled for general release on October 28, although there may be other opportunities to see it earlier. I'm sure that everyone will want to see it as soon as possible.

By the way, that is Emmerich himself in the picture above alongside yours truly. He is signing two copies of the official theater poster for the movie which Linda Theil was able to obtain (somehow) and which I brought to Portland for this purpose.

A new chapter in our quest to more fully understand Shakespeare has begun.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Warren creates index of Oxfordian newsletter and journal articles

Sailors in the Shakespeare authorship sloop are an independent crew used to charting their own course, but even among this notoriously self-confident coterie, James Warren astounds us with his initiative.

The Sacramento native has lived overseas for the past 20 years, most recently in Pakistan and Vietnam, serving as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. When he became interested in the Shakespeare authorship mystery, he created a tool that he needed for his research. Warren explains:
I became aware of the authorship issue about five years ago, and since then focused on acquiring and reading many books on it and Edward de Vere. I hadn’t paid much attention to the (Shakespeare Oxford Society and Shakespeare Fellowship websites. . . . However, after joining the SOS and SF earlier this year, in March I learned about the SOS newsletter, SF’s Shakespeare Matters, The Oxfordian, Brief Chronicles and other publications all at the same time, and was almost overwhelmed by the wealth of information on Edward de Vere. I began the index as a way of keeping all that information and the names of researchers clear in my mind. Now titled An Index to Oxfordian Newsletters and Journals, the index contains titles, authors, volume and page numbers, and dates of all articles in Shakespeare Matters, Brief Chronicles, The Oxfordian and The Elizabethan Review, as well as all articles since 1997 in The Shakespeare Oxford Newsletter and selected articles from the De Vere Society Newsletter (from a list provided by Ramon Jiménez). It also includes all articles in the five anthologies prepared by Paul Altrocchi and Hank Whittemore.
  • The first section of the publication contains the complete list of articles sorted three ways – by author-title, author-date, and date.
  • Part II includes complete indexes of each of the above-mentioned publications.
  • A final section contains a complete list of all book and movie reviews, as well as a list of remembrances of noted Oxfordians. [See below for complete details.]
I plan to hand out a limited number of copies of the current version at the Annual Shakespeare Authorship Research Conference at Concordia University this week. But I am in the process of substantially enlarging it to include back issues of the SOS newsletter and several other publications. The completed version will be available through the New England Shakespeare Oxford Library operated by Bill Boyle.  More information is available at: http://www.shakespeareoxfordlibrary.org/NESOL_Fundraiser.html.
The other publications I am indexing now are: the Edward de Vere Newsletter that Nina Green produced, and the Spear-Shaker Review [edited by Stephanie J. Caruana]. I'm also adding the Shakespeare Oxford Society newsletters from 1965-95, and will also index the newsletter of the De Vere Society in London.
And yes, there will be annual updates. It's unclear at the moment if the index will be available in electronic and/or ebook format. I had initially envisioned creating a website so that anyone could access it anytime, but haven't yet taught myself how to do that. Another complication is that [Bill Boyle’s] Forever Press is interested in publishing it in print form, and details need to be worked out, hopefully when I see folks this week at Concordia University.
Bill Boyle said:
[Jim Warren] shared his work with me earlier this summer, letting me know that I could make use of it in building the Shakespeare Online Authorship Resources (SOAR) catalog. My first reaction was "Wow!" My second reaction, since I had just launched a publishing operation under the name Forever Press (with my brother's book Another Hamlet:The Mystery of Leslie Howard, by Charles Boyle now available on Amazon.com being the first book) was that this index should be published as soon as possible. Jim agreed. . . . The Index to Oxfordian Newsletter and Journal Articles (First Edition) will be available on Amazon.com and other retail outlets in 2012.
Here's a list of the publications indexed in James Warren’s Index to Oxfordian Newsletter and Journal Articles (First Edition) (This list does not including the additional materials Warren indicated in his comments that he is currently adding to the indexed items):

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Tom Hunter's Reply to Rev Dr. Edmondson of Shakespeare Birthplace Trust re the Trust's Shakespeare Authorship Conspiracy Blog

E-MAIL REPLY TO Rev Dr Paul Edmondson, Head of Research and Knowledge, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust with regard to Rev Dr Edmondson's welcome message to the Trust's Shakespeare Authorship Conspiracy Theory blog

Rev. Dr. Paul Edmondson
Head of Research and Knowledge
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Dear Rev. Dr. Edmondson,

I despaired of hearing back from you since it has been some time, so you might imagine how welcome your message was to me when I saw it in my in-box. I, too, look forward to working with those participating in this project by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and congratulate the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust for taking this giant step forward with regard to the authorship issue. I am especially gratified to hear from the Head of Research and Knowledge of your organization since my own research has demonstrated that we are just beginning to discover Shakespeare's true genius and that further research is sure to demonstrate how much more profound--and even entertaining--is Shakespeare's work, far beyond anything we have ever imagined before.

Therefore, it is with great excitement that I have this opportunity to contribute to the understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare however modest that contribution may be.

With warmest regards,

Thomas Hunter, Ph.D.

REV DR Edmondson's message:

In a message dated 9/1/2011 7:46:01 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, blog@bloggingshakespeare.com writes:
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Dear Thomas Hunter, Ph.D.,

I hope that you will enjoy this chatty and lively response to the Shakespeare Authorship Conspiracy Theory, and that you might like to recommend the site (Short URL -http://shksp.re/60conf) to your friends, family, colleagues, students, and e-contacts. Please tell others about the things you find interesting in the posts on Facebook, Twitter (using the hashtag #60mins), and any other social media sites you might use.

Whether you are local to Stratford or live thousands of miles away the fact that you have registered for this site means a great deal to the world-wide reputation and appreciation of Shakespeare.

Thank you for your support, and happy listening!

You might like to look out on bloggingshakespeare.com for further developments in our on-going response.

All best wishes,

Rev. Dr Paul Edmondson
Head of Research and Knowledge
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust


Question 59: How stupid are you? SBT asks Emmerich

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust response to Roland Emmerich's film about the Shakespeare authorship question, Anonymous, debuted today at "60 Minutes with Shakespeare" where 60 questions about the Shakespeare authorship controversy are answered in one minute soundbites by 59 Stratfordians and one by Roland Emmerich. The answers may be viewed as video, or read in manuscript.

Here is Victoria Buckley's denigration of Concordia and Brunel for daring to legitimize inquiry into the authorship question.
Question 53: Degrees are awarded to those doubting Shakespeare’s authorship at Brunel and Concordia universities. What is the intellectual justification for this?

Concordia University’s Shakespeare authorship research centre regards traditional Shakespeare scholarship as  ‘an industry in denial’  and  invites  enthusiastic  amateurs  to,  Horatio-like, assist in the process of ‘reporting the cause aright’ .For $125 a year anyone with an undergraduate degree can become an associate research scholar. $10,000 buys the title Life Scholar.
Brunel’s Master’s programme in Shakespeare Authorship Studies propounds the view it was the desire for a national and global icon which produced the Shakespeare industry, and argues Shakespeare was not one, but many authors. While there is certainly intellectual justification for serious enquiry into the early modern collaborative writing process, both institutions seek to disprove the research of generations of scholars, and are in danger of obfuscating long established critical approaches to the history and  literary  production  of  the  period.  Schoenbaum’s assertion that the Looney Oxfordian theory derives in part from a medium, channelling the disembodied voice of Shakespeare in 1942, neatly demonstrates why it deserves no place in academic Shakespearean curricula.

Emmerich's question "Why don't you think that Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare?" is answered in this fashion:
I don't think that William Shakespeare of Stratford, you know, like, wrote these plays because in his will he left not one book. Lots of works by Shakespeare are like, kind of based on other material. Secondly, you know, his father was illiterate, his two daughters were too, very unlikely for a big author of this magnitude, you know, to not, like, teach his children to write and read. 
There's also this fact, you know, in a way, you know, that he retired early and became a grain merchant. And there's one thing which always got me as I'm a very visual person. When you look at his eight signatures they look not the signatures of a learned man or writer, when you, like, compare them with the other signatures.
Standard journalistic practice edits meaningless words from verbal quotes, yet the producers of "60 Minutes with Shakespeare" felt comfortable representing Emmerich in all his unexpurgated glory. You've got to wonder what the trust is so afraid of, that they must stoop to ridicule.

Answers may lie in Andrew Hadfield's reply that paper was scarce as a reason why we have no material in Shakespeare's hand, or in Margaret Drabble's timeworn response to the question: "Could the plays have been written by someone who never left England?"
Shakespeare's geography was patchy. . . . He could have talked to travelers, seen paintings, read accounts, and constructed from them the lively cities we see on stage. 
Yes, he could have, may have, might have; but perhaps Ms. Drabble and others will find better answers in Richard Roe's The Shakespeare Guide to Italy: Retracing the Bard's Unknown Travels when it is released Nov. 11, 2011 by Harper Perennial.

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has achieved the opposite of their intention by adding fuel to the authorship inquiry with their sad and unconvincing collection of tired responses to questions about the Shakespeare authorship.