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New Book on The Tempest Coming Soon

By Richard Joyrich I have just become aware (courtesy of Cheryl Eagan-Donovan's Shakepeare News [Controversy Films] e-mailing) that the new book by Roger Stritmatter and Lynne Kositsky is now available for advance ordering on Amazon. It is scheduled to be published July 15 by McFarland Press. The book is titled:  On the Dates, Sources and Design of Shakespeare's The Tempest On Cheryl's announcement e-mail Roger and Lynne write: This book challenges a longstanding and deeply ingrained belief in Shakespearean studies that The Tempest long supposed to be Shakespeares last play was not written until 1611. In the course of investigating this proposition, which has rarely been questioned and has not received the critical inquiry it deserves, a number of subsidiary and closely related interpretative puzzles have come sharply into focus. These include the plays sources of New World imagery; its festival symbolism and structure; its relationship to Wi

Shahan exposes an industry in denial

by Linda Theil I received Shakespeare Beyond Doubt? Exposing an Industry in Denial (Llumina Press, May 23, 2013)  edited by Shakespeare Authorship Coalition director John Shahan and  Alaxander Waugh from Amazon today. My initial examination reveals a  book of monumental import to the Shakespeare authorship inquiry. This  book is a  comprehensive report on the current state of  anti-Stratfordian commentary. Divided into two sections,  the first  section is a series of twelve essays by prominent anti-Stratfordian  researchers:  A J  Pointon, PhD; Frank Davis, MD; Ramon  Jimenez, Bonner Miller Cutting, Alexander Waugh, Thomas Regnier, JD, LLM; Earl Showerman, MD; John Rollett, MA, PhD; and Richard Whalen.  This section covers the topic of why there is reasonable doubt about  the attribution of Shakespeare’s work to William Shaksper of  Stratford. The second section is a complete reproduction of the  anti-Strat response to the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s 2011  “Sixty Minutes

PT or not to PT?

An argument for less heat on the topic of Prince Tudor by Linda Theil If the universe of Shakespeare lovers may be roughly divided between those who accept the Stratfordian attribution of authorship and those who do not, those anti-Strats who favor Edward De Vere (Oxford 17) as author may be similarly divided between those who proclaim the Prince Tudor (PT) variation on the Oxfordian theme and those who despise Prince Tudorites. In fact, a heated conversation between Oxfordians of opposing PT persuasions often uses the same terms of non-endearment heard between Strats and anti-Strats. Roland Emmerich’s 2011 film, Anonymous -- based as it was on PT theory – and increased interest in the Shakespeare authorship question fueled by easy access to information on the Internet have stoked the fires of PT enmity, leading to unrest in the Oxfordian realm. The PT story as delineated in the nineteen-thirties and generally as presented in Anonymous says that Oxford 17 and Elizabeth

Showerman reports on Toronto conference

Earl Showerman reported on the Shakespeare authorship conference to be held in Toronto October 17-20, 2013: North America’s two leading Oxfordian associations – the Shakespeare Fellowship and the Shakespeare Oxford Society – are pleased to announce that their  2013 Joint Conference will take place in  Toronto ,  Canada  from October 17 to 20, 2013 . The Joint Conference , held with the support of the Theatre and Drama departments of   York   University  and the  University  of  Guelph , two major Canadian universities,  will take as its theme “Shakespeare and the Living Theatre.” “The man who wrote under the name of Shakespeare,  “said conference organizer Professor Don Rubin of  Toronto ’s  York   University , “was clearly a man of the theatre. We know that William of Stratford had connections to the Globe but few people know that the 17 th  Earl of Oxford, also had significant theatre connections to both adult and children’s companies of the period. “We are hoping that the