Thursday, February 11, 2016

Contested Year rebuts Shapiro's Year of Lear

by Linda Theil

Fed up with the slavish syncophants pouring butter over the head of Columbia University professor James Shapiro in adulation of his newest Shakespeare bio, The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606 (Simon & Schuster, 2015); Mark Anderson, Alexander Waugh, Alex McNeil, and cohort published an annotated rebuttal of the Shapiro oeuvre.

The new book is titled Contested Year: Errors, Omissions, and Unsupported Statements in James Shapiro's The Year of Lear, and it is available as a Kindle ebook from Amazon for 99-cents with proceeds going to the Shakespeare Authorship Coalition, The DeVere Society, and the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship.

Co-editor Anderson said:
Despite Shapiro's many claims in The Year of Lear, not only is there no evidence that Shakespeare wrote King Lear in 1606, but there's no credible evidence the author of the plays was even alive in that year!
For more information, see Contested Year at