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Winkler drops the mic

Elizabeth Winkler presenting at Shakespearean Authorship Trust virtual event April 22, 2023

by Linda Theil

In her new book, Shakespeare Was a Woman and Other Heresies: How Doubting the Bard Became the Biggest Taboo in Literature, Elizabeth Winkler presents a smart, witty, and eminently readable account of one woman's journey through the wonderful world of Stratfordian bullshit.

Winkler's new book published by Simon & Schuster, 2023

According to her publisher:
"Elizabeth Winkler is a journalist and book critic whose work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Times Literary Supplement, and The Economist, among other publications. She received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University and her master’s in English literature from Stanford University. Her essay “Was Shakespeare a Woman?”, first published in The Atlantic, was selected for The Best American Essays 2020. She lives in Washington, DC."

I've included some resources about Winkler and her sojourn below:

The author speaks for herself at the L.A. Shakespeare Authorship Roundtable on April 8, 2023:

She also appeared at the Shakespearean Authorship Trust on April 22, 2023

Winkler was interviewed for the Significant Others history podcast on April 27, 2023. Listen here.

She appeared on the Don't Quill the Messenger podcast "Taboo to Doubt" episode on May 5, 2023. Listen here

She spoke on the Wisconsin Public Radio Central Time program on May 19, 2023. Listen here.

Michael Dudley's review of Winkler's book appeared as "Questions aplenty about bard's backstory" in the Winnepeg Free Press on May 5, 2023.
Read here.

Patrick Sullivan's review appeared in the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship weblog on May 23, 2023. Read here.

Slate proved Winkler's point with a knee-jerk review "Shakespeare was Shakespeare" on May 11, 2023; and ill-informed Gabfest podcast (beginning at minute 32:40) on May 17, 2023. Read here. Listen here.

Jonathan Bate reviews Winkler in The Telegraph May 28, 2023: "Was Shakespeare really a woman? And does Taylor Swift know him best?" Read here. Posted 06/16/23

Sir Mark Rylance interviewed Elizabeth Winkler for How-to Academy on June 6, 2023. Info here. Posted 06/16/23

Sir Mark Rylance and Sir Derek Jacoby rebut Bate review in Letters ; article reporting on rebuttal "Mark Rylance reignites Shakespeare row . . ." by Anita Singh in The Telegraph June 8, 2023. Read here. Posted 06/16/23

"The lady doth protest too much for traditionalists" Felicia Loundre's review of Winkler's book published June 13, 2023 in The Village Voice. Read here. Posted 06/16/23

Bob Meyers interviewed Winkler for the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship on June 16, 2023. Watch here. Posted 06/16/23

"Shakespeare was a woman . . ." review by Stephanie Merritt published in The Guardian June 18, 2023. Read here. Posted 06/26/23

Publishers Weekly starred review published  February 2, 2023. Read here. Posted 06/26/23

Kirkus Reviews staff review published May 2, 2023. Read here. Posted 06/26/23

The Guardian review "It was shocking . . ." by David Smith published June 27, 2023. Read here. Posted 06/30/23

History of Literature podcast "Shakespeare was a woman  . . ." aired July 3, 2023. Listen here. Posted 07/08/23

174T Episode four, DeVere Society podcast "Winkler's Wave" interview with Alexander Waugh aired August 18, 2023. Listen here. Posted 09/10/23.

Sydney Morning Herald review "It's all Shakespeare . . ." published Oct 17, 2023. Read here. Posted 10/25/23.

The New Historia Presents: Shakespeare Was a Woman & Other Heresies panel at The New School, NYC. Watch video herePosted 10/25/23.

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