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Goldstein resigns as BC managing editor

With the publication of the Shakespeare Fellowship online journal, Brief Chronicles Vol. 3 , Managing Editor Gary Goldstein resigned, citing philosophical differences with Brief Chronicles General Editor Roger Stritmatter. Goldstein's resignation follows his resignation from the Shakespeare Fellowship board of directors in July 2011 in protest against the board's decision to rescind their statement against the Prince Tudor aspects of Roland Emmerich's Shakespeare authorship film Anonymous . Goldstein's position against the so-called Prince Tudor theory of Shakespeare authorship also played a part in his decision to leave his position with Brief Chronicles . [Content withdrawn.]  Shakespeare Fellowship President Earl Showerman said the board is in the process of selecting a new managing editor and they would make an announcement when they had an agreement. He said that he hoped the announcement would be made soon. Resources: http://oberonshakespearestudygroup.blogs

Malim book published by McFarland

DeVere Society Secretary Richard Malim has announced the publication of his book  The Earl ofOxford and the Making of “Shakespeare”: The Literary Life of Edward De Vere in Context by McFarland. The book is currently available. McFarland said: The identity of Shakespeare, the most important poet and dramatist in the English language, has been debated for centuries. This historical work investigates the role of Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, establishing him as most likely the author of Shakespeare’s literary oeuvre. Topics include the historical background of English literature from 1530 through 1575, major contemporary transitions in the theatre, and a linguistically rich examination of Oxford’s life and the events leading to his literary prominence. The sonnets, Oxford’s early poetry, juvenile "pre-Shakespeare" plays, and his acting career are of particular interest. An appendix examines the role of the historical William Shakespeare and how he became

Sony's Pascal has no regrets about Anonymous

In yesterday's article in the LA Times about why film companies have made several recent box office bombs -- Roland Emmerich's Anonymous among them -- Patrick Goldstein opines films of doubtful appeal were made on the strength of an established relationship between the artist and the corporation. While this is hardly an earthshaking notion, Goldstein gives some perspective on the issue. He said of  Sony studio co-chairman Amy Pascal: Pascal hedged her bets financially with “Anonymous,” which was co-financed by Relativity Media. But she says she has no regrets. “I believed in what Roland wanted to do. He had something fresh and entertaining to say, which is all you can ask for from a filmmaker.” For the full article, read "Why so many Hollywood relationship movies are box-office duds" in the LA Times ' 24 Frames blog. 

Tempest-inspired Enchanted Island at the Met & simulcast

Metropolitan Opera's production of the new work Enchanted Island  based on Shakespeare's Tempest and Midsummer Night's Dream will debut New Year's Eve and run through January 30 with a simulcast performance scheduled for 1 p.m. January 21, 2012.  From the Met: January 21, 2012, 12:55 pm ET U.S. Encore: February 8, 2012 at 6:30 pm local time Canada Encore:  March 3, 2012 at 1 pm local time                        March 26, 2012 at 6:30 pm local time In one extraordinary new work, lovers of Baroque opera have it all: the world’s best singers, glorious music of the Baroque masters, and a story drawn from Shakespeare. In  The Enchanted Island , the lovers from Shakespeare’s  A Midsummer Night’s Dream  are shipwrecked on his other-worldly island of  The Tempest . Inspired by the musical pastiches and masques of the 18th century, the work showcases arias and ensembles by Handel, Vivaldi,  Rameau, and others, and a new libretto devised and written by Jeremy Sam

McIntosh proposes Sarmiento as source of Tempest

Tasmanian Peter McIntosh, PhD, has published an article titled "Storms, Shipwrecks, and South America: from Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa's Voyages to Shakespeare's The Tempest " in the journal Colonial Latin American Review , Volume 20, Issue 3, 2011. The publication was released for retrieval online Dec. 13, 2011 by the Taylor & Francis Group. McIntosh is the author of Who Wrote Shakespeare's Sonnets (Ginninderra Press, 2011) that McIntosh says presents " . . . the evidence for Queen Elizabeth's authorship of Shakespeare's sonnets. "  His article for the Colonial Latin American Review   proposes Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa's journals as the source material for Shakespeare's The Tempest.  McIntosh provided an abstract of the article for our readers: The parallels between Shakespeare’s storm scene in The Tempest and the  1609 Bermuda shipwreck described by Sylvester Jourdain (1610), William  Strachey (1610?) and by the Council of Vir

Kindle options

Shakespeare authorship researchers are beginning to embrace the publishing options available through e-publishing. Several important anti-Strat books have been recently released for Kindle and other e-readers: Hamlet and the Scottish Succession by Lilian Winstanley ( edited by Mark Alexander Publisher, Dec. 2011 $0.99 I Come to Bury Shakespeare by Steve McClarran Publisher Stephen Steinberg, Dec 2011 $9.99 The Apocraphal William Shakespeare by Sabrina Feldman Dog Ear Publishing, Nov. 2011 (also in paperback) $9.99 http://store.untreedrea

Kositsky and Stritmatter's Tempest book to be published by McFarland

In a holiday present for all anti-Strats, Lynne Kositsky announced in a Christmas Eve post on her blog:  McFarland accepts our book, A Movable Feast! Kositsky and her research partner Roger Stritmatter, PhD have found a publisher for their research on dating Shakespeare's Tempest , a work titled  A Movable Feast: Sources, Chronology and Design of Shakespeare’s Tempest. Kositsky said:  Contrary to longstanding belief, the play’s New World imagery is derived not from William Strachey’s account of a 1609 shipwreck in Bermuda, but from Richard Eden’s 1555 Decades of the New World. The book will include detailed point-by-point rebuttals to two newly published critiques of our work: one by Alden Vaughan (2008) in Shakespeare Quarterly and another by Tom Reedy (2010) in Review of English Studies, showing how their misplaced confidence in traditional authority has led to misinterpretations of the evidence of the date and influence of Strachey’s manuscript. Grats, guys! 

York University Shakespeare authorship conference convenes April 7, 2012 in Toronto

Professor Don Rubin  of the Department of Theater,  York University  will convene a one-day conference on the Shakespeare authorship question from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., April 7, 2012 at York University in downtown Toronto. The event is open to the public and the cost will be modest, according to Rubin. A preliminary list of events includes: Shakespeare By Another Name   author  author Mark Anderson as keynote speaker, Keir Cutler  presenting "Is Shakespeare Dead?", a panel discussion chaired by Rubin, and Lamberto Tassinari author of  John Florio: the Man Who Was Shakespeare . Rubin plans on including representatives from the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario and others.  The Toronto conference is the culmination of a new, one-semester, three-credit, seminar for fourth-year students offered by the York University Department of Theater titled "Shakespeare: The Authorship Question". The class begins in January 2012. When asked about his motivation for

Holderness says: All this is changing.

 I n his blog entry titled "Queering Shakespeare and Sherlock Holmes" posted yesterday on the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust's Blogging Shakespeare site, University of Hertfordshire professor Graham Holderness discussed his view of biography as revealed in his new book, Nine Lives of William Shakespeare . Holderness said:   Since there is no direct evidence that Shakespeare did in actuality enjoy and suffer a gay relationship with the Earl of Southampton, or with any other man, it seems legitimate for a fictional commentary to take the form of invention, and to operate by parallelism and contrast rather than by historical narrative. ‘The Adventure of Shakespeare’s Ring’ in  Nine Lives of William Shakespeare  finds Holmes and Watson, pursuing the theft of ‘Shakespeare’s ring’ from Stratford’s Birthplace Museum, drawn into the gay milieu of Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas, and thence provoked into an acknowledgement of their own homosexual attachment . . . Holdernes

Waugh currently favors anti-Strat position

English author and composer Alexander Waugh named Tony Pointon's  The Man Who Was Never Shakespeare  (Parapress, 2011) as one of his favorite reads of 2011 in Waugh's reply to a Wall Street Journal   article published December 17. With dry humor, Waugh said that he has vacillated in his response to the Shakespeare authorship controversy, and added: Mr. Pointon's book sets out to prove that "William Shakspere" (an illiterate player and tradesman from Stratford) never wrote the poems and plays credited to the pseudonym "William Shakespeare." The book's strength is that it doesn't attempt to peddle any of Mr. Pointon's own theories as to who actually did write them. His evidence is clear and compelling. So I am currently on Mr. Pointon's side against the Stratfordians, enjoying my gullibility and looking forward to re-reversing my views many more times in the coming years.  In the article titled "Twelve Months of Reading" , th

McClarran's I Come to Bury Shaksper

A year ago in December 2010, when we Oberons gathered for our annual holiday feast at Tom and Rosey Hunter’s house, Tom was filled with enthusiasm for an unpublished work that he had just read, Steve McClarran’s I Come to Bury Shaksper , now available for the Kindle at Amazon. Upon receiving McClarran’s manuscript in November 2010, Tom had told the author, with characteristic warmth and humor:  “We will be getting together with the family to celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow. I have a feeling that I will be huddled up in a corner with your book. Just hope I don't get gravy all over it. Will report back as soon as I have something substantive to say or as soon as I think I have something substantive to say, whichever occurs first.” Within days, he reported to McClarran: “I have been waiting for the let down, and it hasn't come. The book gets better and better as it goes. The probing jabs have become body blows, and I hear air whooshing out of the Stratfordian punchin

New Podcast Series

I have just learned of a very nice new website which will, in time, be a series of podcasts on different aspects of the Shakespeare Authorship Question. The site is called The Shakespeare Underground and may be reached here: The site is being put together by Jennifer Newton, who was at the recent SOS/SF Joint Authorship Conference in Washington, DC. So far there are two podcasts available: Where There's a Will (Bonner Miller Cutting on the will of Shakspere of Stratford) and The Law in Hamlet (with Thomas Regnier). The podcasts are basically interviews with these two well-spoken individuals by Jennifer Newton and are very well done. Bonner's interview is about one hour long and Thomas's interview is about 90 minutes. I recommend these podcasts very highly and I will be periodically checking the site for updates and more podcasts. The site mentions an upcoming podcast with Earl Showerman on the French Court in Shakespeare, but does not mention w

Who's reading Roe?

Well, somebody's been talking about Richard Roe's Shakespeare Guide to Italy (Harper Perennial, Nov. 8, 2011) because last night (Dec. 12, 2011) on Charlie Rose , Royal Shakespeare Company artistic director Michael Boyd inadvertently revealed that Roe's book was on his mind. Boyd appeared as a guest in Rose's "Why Shakespeare?" series where he happily held forth on the nature of all things Shakespearean. During a discussion of how he chose which Shakespeare plays to direct, Rose asked Boyd if he had to be older to tackle directing King Lear and Boyd responded in the negative. "Young people can imagine," Boyd said. "Just as an Englishman could imagine Italy in the English Renaissance." That was it -- no other discussion of imagination or Englishmen or Italy or the Renaissance, not to mention Italian references in Shakespeare or any bedamned books about any such thing. I cannot imagine that Boyd had read Roe's book; if he had,

Holiday fellowship

A dozen Oberon members gathered  in the garden room at Hogan's restaurant on Twelve Mile last evening for our annual holiday get-together. Richard Joyrich toasted Oberons present and absent. We spoke of beads, books, grand-babies, work, travel, Anonymous , the SAC rebuttal to SBT, and where and when we will meet in the future now that the Farmington Hills Community Library is not available to us. Rosey Hunter spoke of support by friends and family and we felt the loss of our dear friend, Tom, so very much. Tom Townsend shared that he is preparing a version of his and Tom Hunter's joint paper on Romeo and Juliet --  that he delivered at the 2011 SOS/SF conference -- for a future edition of The Oxfordian . We are grateful to Tom Townsend and Richard Joyrich for making the arrangements to allow us to share fellowship on a rainy night in Michigan and we all wish our readers the joys of conviviality this holiday season.