In providing a scenario for the creation of Early Modern works of the imagination I make a lot of statements that need support from documentation. Many of the sources and articles cited in my blogs and essays can be located online immediately through in-text links. Those that can’t can be found here, most of them. If you seek something that should be here that isn’t, please let me know.
Important Authorship articles. by other writers, most authorship scholars, some not.
Bibliography lists published sources alphabetically by author name under subheads: Dictionaries, Books, Oxford’s Life, or Articles.
Links to online sources.
For me, the important thing is to be able to tell the story without having to stop at every turn to provide evidence. Yet because no one’s going to believe me without evidence, sources must be provided. These articles provide some of that evidence, some can be found through links to articles elsewhere on the internet, and some must still be delved for in books and archives.
There may be some constraints and problems associated with the Internet as a medium for disseminating information and ideas, but it has become far and away the best solution for independent scholars to connect with interested readers. Lacking the support and privileges of a respected institution, we can find it difficult to get published, and when published, to get properly distributed and promoted. Now, with the assistance of dozens of new online tools we can communicate with such readers directly, and if they (you) have questions, respond immediately.
Research too has become a thousand times easier and less expensive, and continues to become even more so as, with the assistance of dozens of online institutions like google, new materials are being put up every day, expanding our research options by leaps and bounds. Nothing will ever replace the British Library or the PRO, but for almost everything else, the sky’s the limit. With a click of a computer key we get exact dates, proper spelling of names and––wonder of wonders––feedback from renowned scholars all over the world, people with whom we would never have dreamed of being able to communicate so quickly and directly.
Perhaps with this amazing new medium, so similar to what Oxford and Bacon did 400 years ago when print was in its infancy, intelligent thinkers, locked within the ivy-covered walls of Academia, can take advantage of the cloak of secrecy that the internet offers to join us in our inquiry. Perhaps the walls themselves, formerly so unassailable, will simply melt, thaw, and resolve themselves into a dew. Now wouldn’t that be just dandy?