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By Mark Anderson

The controversy over the genuine writer of Shakespeare’s physique of labor (some of which was once released below the identify "Shake-speare") started now not lengthy after the demise of William Shakespeare, the imprecise actor and entrepreneur from Stratford-upon-Avon who used to be conventionally assumed to be the writer. there have been traditional doubts that an uneducated son of a glover who by no means left England and it appears owned no books may have produced a few of the maximum works of Western literature. Early investigators into the secret argued for such eminent figures as Christopher Marlowe or Francis Bacon as attainable authors, yet fresh scholarship has became to Edward de Vere, seventeenth Earl of Oxford, because the actual Shakespeare.

"Shakespeare" by means of one other Name is the 1st entire literary biography of Edward de Vere that tells the tale of his action-packed life—as scholar, soldier, courtier, attorney, political intriguer, sophisticate, tourist, and, principally, writer—finding in it the heritage fabric for all of Shakespeare’s performs. Anderson brings to undergo a wealth of recent proof, so much particularly de Vere’s own replica of the Bible (recently analyzed to teach the correlation among his underlinings and the biblical allusions in Shakespeare’s paintings) and has hired all of it to finally provide a entire portrait and heritage to the guy who was once "Shakespeare."

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Thomas Looney (1870–1944), discovers Edward de Vere and with it an outlet to express the instructor’s nouveau feudalism. Household names fare no better under Contested Will’s Argus-eyed gaze. Twain, the book suggests, was a pliable obsessive fooled by Malone’s acolytes. ) by insisting that the author must have seen things firsthand to write about them. Freud was projecting his own anxieties about uncredited collaborations onto the Shakespeare canon. And so on. Perhaps the English professor who psychoanalyzed an entire cross-section of history has played a mind game of his own.

The Shakespeare authorship controversy, as Contested Will portrays it, actually represents a strange alignment of psychological undercurrents over the past four centuries. This conspiracy of subconscious forces unknowingly misled great minds like Sigmund Freud, Mark Twain, Helen Keller, Orson Welles, Henry James, Malcolm X and Walt Whitman toward questioning Shakspere of Stratford’s authorship. An early Shakespeare scholar, Edmond Malone (1741–1812), misguidedly seeks biographical realities underlying the Bard’s works.

CHAPTER 1 THE EYE OF CHILDHOOD [1550–1562] ON APRIL 12, 1550, IN THE PRIVATE APARTMENTS OF A BRITISH STONE-WALLED medieval fortress, a lord and lady welcomed their heir into the world. If the boy survived, the child’s father—John de Vere, sixteenth earl of Oxford—could henceforth rest assured that when he died, his own son would carry forward the title of seventeenth earl. From the moment of christening at Castle Hedingham in the eastern county of Essex, Edward de Vere would be known as Viscount Bolbec.

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