by Richard Joyrich
I would like to direct everyone's attention to a new e-book published by Keir Cutler. As readers of this blog will be aware, Keir is a celebrated author and actor, whose one-man show Is Shakespeare Dead (an adaptation of the work by Mark Twain) has been performed all over Canada and at several places in the United States (including at two of the past Joint SOS/SF Authorship Conferences). This play is available to view on You Tube.
Keir is a spokesman for the Declaration of Reasonable Doubt About the Identity of William Shakespeare (www.doubtaboutwill.org) and has made a wonderful five minute You Tube video about it, entitled "Why Was I Never Told This". This You Tube video is embedded at the very bottom of the Oberon blog page and I encourage everyone to check it out.
Now, Keir has collected information from various articles of his to produce his new e-book, The Shakespeare Authorship Question: A Crackpot's View. It is available for Kindle (www.amazon.com/The-Shakespeare-Authorship-Question-ebook/dp/B00BV7DVVG) for $2.99.
In this book, Keir details his top ten reasons to doubt the traditional story about the authorship of the works of Shakespeare. He also has very harsh words about the failure of academia to take the question seriously and not allow students the ability to learn critical thinking and be exposed to the "questionable facts" about William Shakespeare.
In the book, Keir also offers some biting criticism of three recent books, Bill Bryson's Shakespeare: The World as Stage, Stephen Greenblatt's Will in the World, and James Shapiro's Contested Will-Who Wrote Shakespeare?
Keir also offers a very good description about the rise of the "Shakespeare Industry", particularly as it relates to Stratford-Upon-Avon and the "shams" practiced by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust on unsuspecting tourists.
All in all, this is a book that everyone interested in Shakespeare and the real purpose of academic pursuit and teaching should be familiar with.
I cannot recommend it too highly.