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reviews by members of the de vere society showing the range of our research
The Living Record
Book by Hank Whittemore. This review concludes that the book is ‘a must-read for those looking for new developments in the life of Shakespeare and as food for thought for any Shakespeare enthusiast.
Reviewer: Jennifer Pommer
The author’s previous book The Making of Shakespeare is greatly expanded to include Oxford’s juvenilia, the aftermath of his career and his posthumous reputation.
Reviewer: Elizabeth Imlay
Appreciation by Geoffrey Eyre, with the conclusion: ‘It is a worthy addition to the worldwide authorship quest for truth. It is a delight to read and repays careful study
Reviewer: Geoffrey Eyre
Shakespeare and Religio Mentis
A Study of Christian Hermetism in Four Plays by Jane Nelson A detailed ‘preview’ of limited information available that should ‘generate huge interest amongst both its professional and lay readership.
Reviewer: Robert Baxter
Shakespeare Marlowe Jonson: New Directions in Biography (Eds. Mulryne and Kozuka)
Reviewer: Richard Malim
Reviewer’s note: With a bit more space I would have pointed out more clearly that ‘Sparrow’ in Guy of Warwick and ‘Shaxberd’ in the Court Revels record looks like the same sort of denigration: that Buc’s ‘teste’ reference is to a ‘minister’ (a Churchman) acting in a play, a suggestion so ludicrous as to render the suggested Stratford connection a joke (which it was, and whose?).
By Alan Nelson
Observations by Kevin Gilvary, Philip Johnson and Eddi Jolly. “Since 1920, Oxford has been touted by amateur historians and conspiracy theorists as the true author of the poems and plays of William Shakespeare. It has become a matter of urgency to measure the real Oxford against the myth created by his apologists, and uncritically embraced by television documentaries, by playwrights and by the popular press …” Quoted by the publishers on the back cover from the author’s introduction (omitting the final ‘even by justices of the United States Supreme Court’).