Books & Journals

A list of recommended Oxfordian books by date of publication, and a list of selected journals


The Starre, The Moone, The Sunne

by Ron Destro (Contempo Publishing, 31 August 2023)
In 1624 London, a brave printer is executed, a portly poet kidnapped, a Stratford-upon-Avon grave is emptied, King James is put into a panic, many swashes are buckled, and things are never as they seem, all because brave Nicholas and clever Valentina are about to discover and reveal the true identity of "William Shake-speare." This is a timely tale that touches on the powerful love of fathers, the perils of the plague, the joys of turnips, and the mysterious life and tragic death of the Bard of Avon. It is a (mostly) true story filled with suspense and humor. Shortlisted, Flash 500 Novel Opening Competition. "Highly Recommended" award of excellence from The Historical Fiction Company. Available in paperback, ebook and unabridged audiobook narrated by Sir Derek Jacobi.

So Potent Art: The Magic of Shakespeare

by Emily Carding (Llewellyn Publications, 8 August 2023)
Shakespeare's plays and sonnets are steeped in magic and esoteric lore. This book deeply explores fascinating examples of Hermeticism, astrology, and alchemy as well as instances of prophecy, herbalism, witchcraft, hauntings, and divine intervention. Additionally, So Potent Art delves into the sacred architecture of the historical theater space and examines the archetypal structures of the plays themselves.

Shakespeare Was a Woman and Other Heresies

by Elizabeth Winkler (Simon & Schuster, 8 June 2023)
A thrillingly provocative investigation into the Shakespeare authorship question, exploring how doubting that William Shakespeare wrote his plays became an act of blasphemy…and who the Bard might really be.


Shakespeare’s Revolution

by Richard Malim (Austin Macauley Publishers, 30 June 2022)
See publisher's website for Richard Malim at:

Educating Shakespeare: What he knew and how and where he learned it

by Stephanie Hopkins Hughes (Veritas Publications, April 2022)
With a book jacket review by Alexander Waugh.

English Travellers to Venice 1450-1600 (Hakluyt Society, Third Series)

by Michael G. Brennan (ed.) (Routledge, February 2022)
Michael Brennan, Professor of Renaissance Literature at the University of Leeds and authority on Philip Sidney, has edited this handsome, scholarly volume for The Hakluyt Society. This book is strongly recommended by Alexander Waugh and includes an unbiased nine-page essay on Oxford.

The Shakespeare Authorship Sourcebook: A Workbook for Educators and Students (2nd edition)

by Roger Stritmatter (PhD) (Independently published, 15 January 2022)
The Shakespeare Authorship Sourcebook, 2nd edition, provides resources and strategies for leading classroom discussion on the Shakespeare Authorship Question, 9th grade through post-secondary. It includes: Essays by leading scholars: Lewis Lapham, Abel Lefranc, Robert Barrett, and many more. Teaching plans, Exercises & Activities for Critical Thinking about Shakespeare. Oxfordian readings on Macbeth, Julius Caesar, and Romeo & Juliet. Famous Shakespeare Doubters who have spoken out—from Malcolm X to Sigmund Freud to Walt Whitman. An Annotated Bibliography of Educational Resources.


Shakespeare Revolutionized

by James A. Warren (Veritas Publications, 2021)
Tells the fascinating story of how the identity of the real author – Edward de Vere – was discovered. It explains why it matters who the author really was, why the deception was perpetrated, why it lasted for more than 300 years, and why many Shakespeare scholars today resist examining the evidence supporting the Oxfordian claim even as it has become the unacknowledged nucleus around which much of their work revolves.

Dating Shakespeare’s Plays

Second Edition, edited by Kevin Gilvary (Portsea Press, 2021)
Available to buy from the DVS website shop or click the button to buy now. See a review by Donald Ostrowski in Brief Chronicles Vol. III (2011) under LIBRARY/DVS Articles & Reviews.


Who Wrote That?: Authorship Controversies from Moses to Sholokhov

by Donald Ostrowski (Northern Illinois University Press, 2020)

Shakespeare and Emilia: The Untold Story

by Peter Bassano (independently published, Dec 2020)
Emilia Bassano was identified as the Dark Musical Lady of the Shakespeare Sonnets by A.L.Rowse in 1973. This book presents previously unpublished evidence to prove that Rowse's identification was correct. Emilia, an early feminist poet and musician, was the daughter of the youngest of six Venetian brothers, all professional musicians, brought to London by HenryVIII in 1540 to ensure a musical wedding for Anne of Cleves. Peter Bassano, the author and a descendent of Emilia's uncle, Anthony, suggests that Shakespeare was the father of Emilia's son, Henry.

In the Shadow of Shakespeare

by Richard Vaughan Davies (Mitford Oak Press, November 2020)
A novel that also provides notes on Shakspere of Stratford and Edward de Vere - with quotations from Hamlet and Shake-speares Sonnets. Reviewed by Jennifer Pommer in the DVS Newsletter (April 2021): 'This book would be ideal as an intriguing introduction to SAQ studies.'

How Science Proved Edward de Vere was William Shakespeare (2nd edition)

by David L. Roper (First Proofs, 2020)
This book describes in detail the ground-breaking discovery of William Shakespeare’s true identity. Recent scientific investigation, based on empirical evidence, proves beyond all reasonable doubt that not only did Edward de Vere personally admit to having written Sonnet 76 – therefore by extension all the sonnets – but Thomas Nashe confirmed its truth in the same sonnet by adding his own name to de Vere’s. It was to set an example other poets followed. They too concealed Shakespeare’s identity in works of their own. Ben Jonson did so three times. His poem at the front of the First Folio declares de Vere was Shakespeare.

The Shakespeare Masterclasses

Edited by Ron Destro, founding director of the Shakespeare Oxford Company (NY and Oxford: Routledge, 2020)

Renaissance Man

by Ian Johnson (New Generation Publishing, 2020)

Take Physic, Pomp!

by Charles and Sarah Beauclerk (Independent, 2020)
Reveals Shakespeare as philosopher and all-round apothecary of the soul, whose fund of wisdom is there for all human beings to draw from.

Let’s Re-Vere the Works of Shake-speare

by Richard M. Waugaman (Independent, 2020)

The Case for Edward de Vere as the real William Shakespeare: A Challenge to Conventional Wisdom

by John Milnes Baker (iUniverse, 2020)


The works of Shakespeare by Edward de Vere

(Verus Publications, 2019-2020)
Editions of the classic texts of Shakespeare are rendered in superbly readable form and properly ascribed to their true author, Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford. Publications made available in hardback, paperback and e-book by Verus Publications include: Hamlet, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado about Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, Julius Caesar, Othello, Macbeth, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, The Merchant of Venice, Anthonie and Cleopatra and Richard the Third. The publication list also includes The Poetry of Edward de Vere.


“Shakespeare” Revealed: The collected articles and published
letters of J. Thomas Looney

by J. Thomas Looney (author) and James A. Warren (editor) (Veritas Publications, 2019)

A Question of Will

by Lynne Kositsky (Roussan Publishers, 2001; republished by the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship, 2019)

Shakespeare Identified

by J. Thomas Looney
Centenary Edition edited by James A. Warren (Veritas Publications, 2019)

Early Shakespeare

by A. Bronson Feldman and Warren Hope (Laugwitz Verlag, 2019)

Early Shakespeare Authorship Doubts

by Bryan H. Wildenthal (Zindabad Press, 2019)

Nothing Truer Than Truth: Being the life and times of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, sometime known as William Shakespeare

Play by Darrol Blake (Riverside Press, 2019)


Shakespeare’s Apprenticeship

by Ramon Jiménez (McFarland, 2018)​

The Fictional Lives of Shakespeare

by Kevin Gilvary (Routledge Studies in Shakespeare, 2018)

Necessary Mischief: Exploring the Shakespeare Authorship Question

by Bonner Miller Cutting (Jennings, Louisiana: Minos Publishing, 2018)

The Rational Shakespeare: Peter Ramus, Edward de Vere, and the Question of Authorship

by Michael Wainwright (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)

Hamlet (Oxfordian Shakespeare Series)

by Richard Whalen (Llumina Press 2018)​
This Oxfordian Shakespeare Series,

Hamlet’s Elsinore Revisited

by Sten F. Vedi and Gerold Wagner (Neues Shake-speare Journal, Special issue Book 7, 2018)

How Science Proved Edward de Vere was William Shakespeare

by David L. Roper (UK:, 2018)
The open secret about William Shakespeare, which caused all England to treat him as a sham on the day of his death.

Shakespeare’s Secrets

Novel by Aaron Tatum (DVS member, independently published, 2018)

My Shakespeare: The Authorship Controversy

Edited by William Leahy (Edward Everett Root, 2018)
Experts examine the arguments for alternative candidates, with an essay on Edward de Vere by Alexander Waugh.


An Index to Oxfordian Publications – 4th Edition – 2017

by James A. Warren

The Shakespeare Authorship Mystery Explained

by Geoffrey Eyre (2017)

Botanical Shakespeare

by Gerit Quealy (Harper Design,2017)
An illustrated compendium of all the flowers, fruits, herbs, trees, seeds, and grasses cited by the world's greatest playwright.

Othello (Oxfordian Shakespeare Series)

by Richard F. Whalen (Editor), Ren Draya (Editor) Llumina Press 2017)

Shakespeare’s Wilderness

by David Rains Wallace (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2017)


Contested Year: Errors, Omissions and Unsupported Statements in James Shapiro’s “The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606”

by Mark Anderson (Editor), Alexander Waugh (Editor, Foreword), Alex McNeil (Editor)
Contested Year is an anthology of critical reviews of James Shapiro’s book The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606. It is also a side-by-side companion meant to be read and consulted as a supplement to The Year of Lear. Available on Kindle.

Macbeth 2nd Edition (Oxfordian Shakespeare Series)

by Richard Whalen (Llumina Press 2016)​
This Oxfordian Shakespeare Series,

100 Reasons Shakespeare was the Earl of Oxford

by Hank Whittemore (Forever Press, 2016)​

Reflections on the True Shakespeare

by Gary Goldstein (Verlag Uwe Laugwitz, 2016)

Shakespeare Suppressed

by Katherine Chiljan (Faire Editions, 2016)​

Shakespeare Unravelled - Court plays: the 1623 deception

by Michael and Pauline Black (Pauline & Michael Black, 2016)


The Marginalia of Edward de Vere’s Geneva Bible

by Dr. Roger A. Stritmatter (CreateSpace, 2015)​

The Media Players: Shakespeare, Middleton, Jonson, and The idea of News

by Stephen Wittek (University of Michigan Press, 2015)​

Shakespeare in Court

by Alexander Waugh (2015)

The Case for Edward de Vere as Shakespeare

by Geoffrey Eyre (2015)

The Shakespeare Mask

Novel by Newton Frohlich (Blue Bird Press, 2015)
Winner of the Benjamin Franklin Gold Award in Historical Fiction


The First Two Quartos of Hamlet

by Margrethe Jolly (McFarland & Co., 2014)​

Shakespeare’s Dark Lady: Amelia Bassano Lanier: The Woman Behind Shakespeare’s Plays?

by John Hudson (Amberley Publishing, 2014)

27 Essays on Edward de Vere and William Shakespeare

by Charles Lee Graves (Iver Publications, 2014)
Charles Graves studied the literature published since the 1920s on this topic and wrote the essays included in the book. One of his major contributions about the authorship question: Edward de Vere was a distant cousin of William Shakespeare of Stratford-on-Avon. A full list of the essays published in this book and on Graves' website is available at:

It’s time to Re-Vere the works of “Shake-speare”

by Richard M. Waugaman (Oxfreudian Press, 2014)

Newly discovered works by “William Shake-speare” a.k.a. Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford

by Richard M. Waugaman (Oxfreudian Press, 2014)


Shakespeare Beyond Doubt? Exposing an Industry in Denial

by John M. Shahan, Alexander Waugh (Eds.) for the Shakespeare Authorship Coalition (2013)


Shakespeare’s Unorthodox Biography (2nd Edition)

by Diana Price (Greenwood Press, 2012)​

Shakespeare’s Education, Schools, Lawsuits, Theater and the Tudor Miracle

by Robin Fox (ed. Gary Goldstein) (Laugwitz Verlag, 2012)
Extensively researched and documented, and a persuasively argued case for Oxford.

The Watchers: A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I

by Stephen Alford (Allen Lane, 2012)
The religious, political and spy network context against which Shakespeare’s plays were written. No direct mention of Edward de Vere, but it does cover the spying activities of Anthony Munday, Charles Arundel and Henry Howard, and mentions Christopher Marlowe.


Shakespeare’s Lost Kingdom: The True History of Shakespeare and Elizabeth

by Charles Beauclerk (Grove Press, 2011)​

The Shakespeare Guide to Italy

by Richard Roe (Harper Collins, 2011)​

The Man Who Was Never Shakespeare

by Tony Pointon (2011)

The Earl of Oxford and the Making of “shakespeare”: The Literary Life of Edward de Vere in Context

by Richard Malim (2011)
This book fills a gap caused by the failure to recognize De Vere as a primary contributor to the history and development of English literature: the consensus is that, although there were stirrings in the literary scene, there was very little real development until the advent of Sidney, Marlowe, Greene and Peele in the mid-1580s. Then a few years later, out of the blue, along comes Shakespeare.

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The Shakespeare File

Kindle edition novel by Simon Fry (DVS member, Imprimata, 2011)​


Dating Shakespeare’s Plays

Edited by Kevin Gilvary (Parapress, 2010)
Also see the Dating Shakespeare’s Plays website (The Online Treasury of Contemporary Evidence for Dating Each of Shakespeare’s Plays) which reviews not only the evidence for dating every play but also every argument used in support of a preferred date.


Manors, Mills & Manuscripts Series

by Jane Greatorex
Jane is the resident historian at Hedingham Castle, and has produced a series of in-depth books on the de Veres. For further information and copies, contact Jane direct at:
Outrageous Fortune An Account of the de Vere earls of Oxfords' Norman Keep and its environs at Castle Hedingham, Essex. 179 full colour A4 pages. The text covers aspects of the history of the mound, why it is special. Why the Keep was built where it is, who instigated it, paid for it and how long it took to build. It's all there and more. £28 + p&p.
John de Vere, 12th earl Oxynforde, 14081462 (2021)
Aubrey de Vere, 10th earl of Oxenforde, 1339–1400, incorporating Richard 11th earl; Colne School & Hadleigh Castle, Essex (2019)
Robert de Vere, 1362–ca.1392, 9th earl Oxenforde & King Richard II (2018)
A Fresh Look At The First Three Aubrey de Veres, from Pre-Conquest to the First English Earldom (2016)


The Lame Storyteller, Poor and Despised

by Peter Moore (Verlag Uwe Laugwitz, 2009)
See review by Richard Malim under ‘Reviews 2010’ [DVS Articles & Reviews section].

Anthony Munday and civic culture: Theatre, History and Power in Early Modern London 1580-1633

by Tracey Hill (Manchester University Press, 2009)
Includes many references to Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford and his literary and theatrical activities.

The Muse as Therapist: A New Poetic Paradigm for Psychotherapy

by Heward Wilkinson (Karnak Books, 2009 | Routledge, 2018)
Chapter 4 is entitled: Reality, Existence and the Shakespeare Authorship Question. A treatment of the SAQ, which is derived from a psycho-therapeutic-literary understanding of what we can reveal about the author and his dilemma from analysis of the work.


‘Shakespeare’ by Another Name

by Mark Anderson (Gotham, 2005)​


Great Oxford: Essays on the Life and Work of Edward de Vere

Edited by R. Malim | E. Imlay | K. Gilvary | E. Jolly (Parapress, 2004)


Who Wrote Shakespeare?

by John Michell (London, Thames and Hudson, 1999)


Alias Shakespeare: Solving the Greatest Literary Mystery of All Time

by Joseph Sobran (New York: The Free Press, 1997)


The Lost Chronicle of Edward de Vere

Novel by Andrew Field (Viking, 1990 | Penguin Books, 1991)​


The Mysterious William Shakespeare

by Charlton Ogburn (New York: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1984). A book frequently said by members to have been their introduction to Edward de Vere as Shakespeare.


The Seventeenth Earl of Oxford (1550-1604) from Contemporary Documents

by Captain B. M. Ward (John Murray, London, 1928)
Available online at the Internet Archive.


“Shakespeare” Identified in Edward de Vere the 17th Earl of Oxford

by J. Thomas Looney (Cecil Palmer, 1920)
Classic Reprint edition by Forgotten Books (2018) available here. Original archive version (1920) available here.


Is Shakespeare Dead?

by Mark Twain. Reissued in 2009 by Kissinger Legacy Reprints.
Original archive version available here.


Brief Chronicles

Brief Chronicles is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary academic journal dedicated to examining the Shakespeare authorship question and, more generally, topics in early modern authorship studies.

The Elizabethan Review

A literary, historical journal (ISSN 1066-7059); was published from 1993 to 1999 in 13 semi-annual issues totalling 930 pages (also available on CD in searchable PDF format).

The Oxfordian

Annual journal published by the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship. Current editor: Gary Goldstein.

Neues Shake-speare Journal

Oxfordian journal published in Germany by Laugwitz Verlag.