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.
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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):


•ALTROCCHI-WHITTEMORE ANTHOLOGIES
A series of volumes devoted to Shakespeare Authorship Research, compiled and edited by Paul Hemenway Altrocchi and Hank Whittemore. More than 250 articles covering most of the major work published during the 1930s-1960s in the original Shakespeare Fellowship Newsletters and the Shakespearean Authorship Review.

Volume 1: The Great Shakespeare Hoax (2009)
Volume 2: Nothing Truer Than Truth (2009)
Volume 3: Shine Forth (2009)
Volume 4: My Name Be Buried (2009)
Volume 5: So Richly Spun (2009)

•BRIEF CHRONICLES: AN INTERDISCIPLINARY JOURNAL OF AUTHORSHIP STUDIES
Published annually by The Shakespeare Fellowship

Volume 1 (2009)
Volume 2 (2010)

•THE DE VERE SOCIETY NEWSLETTER
Published quarterly by The de Vere Society

Selected articles from a list provided by Ramon Jiménez (1996-2011)

•GREAT OXFORD: ESSAYS ON THE LIFE AND WORK OF EDWARD DE VERE (RICHARD MALIM, GENERAL EDITOR)
Published by Parapress, Ltd, Kent, UK (2004)

•THE ELIZABETHAN REVIEW
A peer-reviewed semi-annual journal

Volume 1/1 (Spring 1993) – Volume 7/1 (Spring 1999)

•THE OXFORDIAN
Published annually by the Shakespeare Oxford Society

Volume 1 (1998) – Volume 12 (2010)

•SHAKESPEARE MATTERS
Published quarterly by The Shakespeare Fellowship

Volume 1, Nos. 1-4 (2001-02)
Volume 2, Nos. 1-4 (2002-03)
Volume 3, Nos. 1-4 (2003-04)
Volume 4, Nos. 1-4 (2004-05)
Volume 5, Nos. 1-4 (2005-06)
Volume 6, Nos. 1-4 (2006-07)
Volume 7, Nos. 1-4 (2007-08)
Volume 8, Nos. 1-4 (2009)
Volume 9, Nos. 1, 3 (2010)
Volume 10, Nos. 1-2 (2011)

•THE SHAKESPEARE OXFORD NEWSLETTER
Published quarterly by The Shakespeare Oxford Society

Volume 33, Nos. 1-2, 4 (1997-98)
Volume 34, Nos. 1-3 (1998-99)
Volume 35, Nos. 1-4 (1999-00)
Volume 36, Nos. 1-4 (2000-01)
Volume 37, Nos. 1-2 (2001)
Volume 38, Nos. 1-4 (2002)
Volume 39, Nos. 1-4 (2003)
Volume 40, Nos. 1-4 (2004)
Volume 41, Nos. 1-3 (2005)
Volume 42, Nos. 1-4 (2006)
Volume 43, Nos. 1-4 (2007)
Volume 44, Nos. 1-3 (2008)
Volume 45, Nos. 1-3 (2009)
Volume 46, Nos. 1-2 (2010)
Volume 47, Nos. 1-2 (2011)
Fiftieth Anniversary Issue