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"Whittemore strongly champions the Oxfordian argument in this tour de force defense while remaining a highly entertaining writer. A breezy but very intelligent tone is maintained throughout the book; the reader is neither patronized nor boggled by minutiae and jargon. Instead, there is a magnetic sense of history, art, politics, and human nature injected into a smooth and eminently readable storytelling style."-- "Kirkus Reviews"

“An exceptionally lucid and thorough exploration of the arguments supporting J.T. Looney’s controversial theory that the true Shakespeare was the Earl of Oxford. Masterfully organized, the book takes the reader through 100 primary reasons supporting the theory. Whittemore’s long experience studying and writing about the authorship question, and keen eye for problematic fact or surprising but enlightening perspective, is evident throughout.” -- Roger Stritmatter, Ph.D., associate Professor of Humanities at Coppin State University and general editor of Brief Chronicles: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Authorship Studies

100 Reasons Shake-speare was the Earl of Oxford by Hank Whittemore is available on amazon.com for $19.95.

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Did William Shakspere from Stratford write the plays and poetry credited to Shakespeare? This has been a contentious literary topic for over a century. Most experts heatedly deny there is any problem. Stanley Wells, former Chairman of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust for 20 years and a world-recognized Shakespeare expert says, “I have never seen the slightest reason to doubt his authorship.” THE SHAKESPEARE FRAUD sees plenty of reasons and constructs a fascinating and absorbing story of a different author showing, from cradle to grave, how and why Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, became Shakespeare. It’s a backstage story of dynastic political intrigue at the highest levels of Queen Elizabeth’s government, which drastically revises the involvement of the glove maker’s son from Stratford.

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In the second edition of Another Hamlet (2013) Charles Boyle has expanded upon his original thesis that Leslie Howard's fate was bound up with both his apparent conversion to the Oxfordian thesis of the authorship
of Shakespeare (as depicted in his 1941 WWII propaganda film Pimpernel Smith), and his clear involvement in England's WWII efforts not just as an artist and a propagandist who infuriated Joseph Goebbels, but -- perhaps also -- a spy.

"Another Hamlet is a riveting political thriller that explores the life and tragic death of actor and film-maker, Leslie Howard, a British patriot drawn into a deadly propaganda duel with the Germans. Deftly interweaving the behind-the-scenes politics of World War II with the decadent showbiz world of the 1930s-1940s, Boyle makes the tantalizing suggestion that it was Howard s growing conviction that the Earl of Oxford wrote Shakespeare which sealed his doom. From Leslie Howard himself to Humphrey Bogart, Merle Oberon, Winston Churchill, Anthony Eden, and Joseph Goebbels, Boyle brings to life a fascinating and often chilling cast of characters to tell the story of a maverick artist's losing battle with the power-brokers of his age." -- Charles Beauclerk, author of Nell Gwynn and Shakespeare's Lost Kingdom.

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Twelve Years in the Life of Shakespeare is a compilation of columns ("A Year in the Life of Shakespeare") originally  written by Hank Whittemore for the newsletter Shakespeare Matters from 2001-2005. Written from the Oxfordian point of view (i.e.,that Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, was the true Shakespeare), each column concentrated on just one year and discussed the known events in the author's life in conjunction with the recorded history and literature of that year, and the ways in which the plays and poems in the Shakespeare canon may reflect and/or comment on these connections.

"Hank Whittemore’s Twelve Years in the Life of Shakespeare (Forever Press, 2012) focuses on another under appreciated area of Shakespeare studies, the politics of the Shakespeare plays. As an Oxfordian regarding Shakespeare as the pseudonym for a court insider, Whittemore offers chapters on individual years from 1564 to 1604, chapters that are less speculative and make for far more rewarding reading than entire books by Stratfordians devoted to individual years in the incumbent Bard’s life." -- William S. Niederkorn in The Brooklyn Rail (Feb. 5th, 2013)


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A Poet's Rage is a compilation of essays focused on understanding Shakespeare through the prism of the Oxfordian theory of authorship (i.e., that Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, was the man behind the Shakespeare mask). The collection was edited by William Boyle, and includes essays from some of the most prominent Oxfordian scholars writing over the past 25 years (e.g., Charles Beauclerk, Hank Whittemore, Prof. Daniel Wright, William Plumer Fowler). The purpose of this collection is not to argue the case for Oxford's authorship of Shakespeare per se, but rather to demonstrate how many notoriously enigmatic aspects of Shakespeare studies (e.g., are the Sonnets autobiographical, was "Shakespeare" a Catholic or not, how did "Shakespeare" survive in an Elizabethan police state that eventually arrested and punished nearly every one else) can be understood from this Oxfordian point of view.

"An excellent collection of essays that provide solid, supported facts, not the conjecture and supposition that passes for "orthodox" Shakespearean scholarship. Was Edward De Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, the real author of the plays and poems attributed to the pen name "William Shake-speare"? Quite possibly. Was the author, in fact, Willelmus Shakspere, commoner, money lender, investor, litigious illiterate crank of Stratford on Avon? Absolutely not." -- amazon.com customer review

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An Index to Oxfordian Publications  (the Oxfordian theory is that Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, was the man behind the "Shake-speare" mask) is a complete index of all the newsletter and journal articles, commentary, letters and reviews published by Oxfordians since J. Thomas Looney'sShakespeare Identified  transformed the Shakespeare authorship debate in 1920. Today the Oxfordian movement is by far the leading theory of the truth behind "Shake-speare," and has had a significant, undeniable influence on Shakespeare studies at all levels.The 3rd Edition of An Index to Oxfordian Publications contains more than 6,500 entries, including current Oxfordian publications through the end of 2014 and more than 1,000 newly added entries from both specialized and general interest publications from around the world (all commenting directly or indirectly on the Oxfordian theory and its impact), and a bibliography of more than 350 books on the Oxfordian theory and the Shakespeare authorship question in general. The Index is unparalleled in its thorough coverage of the now 95-year-old Oxfordian movement and its impact on both the Shakespeare authorship question and Shakespeare studies in general, and would be an invaluable addition to any library with a significant Shakespeare collection.

"A superb resource. Any serious researcher on the Shakespeare authorship question or Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, must own this book." -- Dr. Roger Stritmatter, Chopin State University.

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