Shakespeare: Resources on the Man and His Work
Considering the scope of his fame, little is known about William Shakespeare's ... read more »
Shakespeare has more books written about him than any other writer, he’s the most produced ... read more »
Not only do Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets exhibit broad knowledge of the works of classical authors, law and medicine—some of them not yet translated into English at that time—they also exhibit an intimacy with foreign lands and their customs. How could a man that left school by the age of 16 be capable of writing such works? The apparent discrepancy between Shakespeare’s life and his work has resulted in an authorship debate. Examine Shakespeare's authorship debate more closely with the Web sites below.
- Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, has emerged as the leading contender for Shakespeare authorship simply because of the weight of circumstantial evidence. Contemporaries cited De Vere’s plays as “the best for comedy,” although his plays have never come to light. He was an acknowledged poet, and a devout patron of the arts with his own acting company. Read his biography at the De Vere Society and see what you think.
- The authorship debate is intriguing and will probably never reach a conclusion, but don’t let it color your appreciation of the texts themselves! Whoever William Shakespeare was or wasn’t, and whichever pieces did or did not come from the pen of William of Stratford, the words speak for themselves.
Shakespeare lived and worked between 1564 and 1616, placing him squarely in the long and important ... read more »
Like learning a second language, learning to love Shakespeare's plays can ... read more »