Thursday, May 9, 2013

Australian Peter McIntosh, PhD publishes new work on sonnet authorship

by Linda Theil

Australian geologist Peter McIntosh, PhD, has published Every word doth almost tell my name: The Authorship of Shakespeare's Sonnets (McFarland, 2013) a full-length treatment of his thesis of Shakespeare authorship. 

McIntosh said:
[I present] evidence to show that Queen Elizabeth I is the most likely author of the Sonnets. There is not only an impeccable correlation of the subject matter of the Sonnets with the known history of the relationship between Elizabeth and her favorite, the second Earl of Essex, but also many indicators of her authorship in other sources, including the Sonnets' dedication and the signature SS on a poem written in her own hand.
McIntosh also wrote Who Wrote Shakespeare's Sonnets? (Ginninderra, 2011). The new work is available in softcover and Kindle edition from Amazon at and McFarland at

McIntosh sent the following information about his book:
Shall I compare thee to a Summer’s day? With these immortal lines Shakespeare begins his most famous sonnet and perhaps the most famous love poem of all time. But this poem, and more than 100 others, first published 400 years ago in a slim volume entitled Shakespeare’s Sonnets, was written by Shakespeare not about a beautiful young woman, but about a beautiful young man, whom Shakespeare addresses as "my lovely boy." If Shakespeare was infatuated with a lovely boy, who was he? If he was a rich aristocrat, as the sonnets seem to suggest, how did Shakespeare make his acquaintance? Who was the Dark Lady described in the later sonnets? And what is the meaning of the Sonnets’ enigmatic dedication that refers to the mysterious Mr.W.H.? These questions and innumerable others have perplexed scholars for centuries. No comprehensive answers to the immensely puzzling questions raised by the poems have ever been presented. This book takes a fresh approach to the difficult issues presented by the Sonnets and upsets many cherished assumptions about the handsome young man, the Dark Lady, Mr.W.H. and Shakespeare himself.
About the Author: Peter McIntosh has published widely in the scientific literature and has previously written two short books on Shakespeare’s sonnets as well as publishing articles on the dates and sources of Coriolanus and The Tempest. He lives in Hobart, Australia.  

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