NPR covered the publication of Bob Dylan scholar Clinton Heylin's new book So Long as Men Can Breathe: The Untold Story of Shakespeare's Sonnets , yesterday -- on the anniversary of the publication of Shakespeare’s Sonnets in 1609 . According to the NPR report Heylin is a proponent of the theory that the sonnets chronicle a homosexual love affair between the author and William Herbert, Earl of Pembroke – one of the fraternal grand possessors of the 1623 first folio of Shakespeare’s works. Heylin comes at his subject from a Stratfordian perspective and is of the opinion that the sonnets were never meant for publication, like Dylan's "basement tapes". An excerpt from Heylin's book is posted on the NPR site.
a Michigan group dedicated to the study of the works of William Shakespeare with particular interest in the authorship question