Shakespeare Authorship Question

James Shapiro has written a fascinating book, which I shall clearly have to get, but whose core theses are becoming clear already!

And I think the Shapiro situation is a real opportunity for anyone who doubts the Stratfordian attribution.

Here is an illustration of the two Stratfordian polarities.

First, this is the Spectator picking up McCrum's interviews.

The Guardian/Observer now has a review of Contested Will by Hilary Mantel, the author of Wolf Hall, her magnificent masterpiece of bourgeois or Whig apology around the life of Thomas Cromwell.

There is a superb review of James Shapiro's book on the Shakespeare Authorship question - in many ways the first by a Stratfordian that takes the issue at all seriously - 'Contested Will' on the Shakespeare-Oxford Society blog site:

Here also is a fairly standard type review - in the Sunday Times:

I think Oxfordians of this generation underestimate the element in their own position which leaves them with a feeling of loss of something like a security which inhered in the Stratfordian position. In a sense, they were able to have it both ways. After all, nearly all of us were Stratfordians once.

Mr Wilkinson's partisan infatuation with the Earl of Oxford stops him seeing that the decisions to support one authorship candidate rather than another is based on intuition, not logic. For example, if one starts with the assumption that William Shakespeare of Stratford was indeed the author, then all sorts of cross-connections follow, for instance, that he must have been a pupil of the Stratford grammar school and will have been taught by wise teachers such as Thomas Jenkins

Oliver Kamm prompts me to some reflections on being a Shakespearian....

Oliver Kamm's post of 29th January:

I realised, when I had finished the last post, that I had unwittingly but unerringly been drawn to that mercurial character which Keats recognised in the 'chamelion' poet concept, which is also the heart of the hermetic art of psychotherapy, and, for the most part, is precisely the elusive, quicksilver quality of Shakespeare which people do not want to recognise. It is partly caught by FR Leavis in the following passages: "The inherited habit [of mind] is exemplified by the editor’s footnote, in my old Arden Antony and Cleopatra, to the following passage (Act III, sc.

The Shakespeare Authorship question continues to fascinate me. It already hijacked the largest chapter (4) of my book:


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