IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS provide transcripts of original documents
EARLY MODERN WORKS full texts of Early Modern works
AUTHORSHIP ARTICLES journals and newsletters
ONLINE BOOKSTORES important books on authorship topics
CONFERENCES & PROGRAMS offering presentations and discourse;
WEBSITES & BLOGS opinion and dialogue accompanies information.
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Besides those listed here are dozens of online sources that can provide information, chief among them WIKIPEDIA, so useful for recalling commonly accepted facts such as dates, names, etc. The various history and library sites are easy enough to locate. Some sites like JSTOR and the ODNB that depend on university memberships are pricy, though many local libraries can now provide article requests through their memberships.
The Oxford Authorship Site : The largest assembly of documents relating to questions of 16th century authorship is provided here by Nina Green, an authorship scholar located in Kelowna, British Columbia. Besides legal documents like wills, her site includes Oxford’s letters and poetry, all of the pamphlets by Robert Greene and Thomas Nashe, plus those involved in the Martin Mar-prelate controversy, as well as the anonymous Leicester’s Commonwealth and Langham Letter. Here too you’ll find documents and information relating to the financial mess inherited by Oxford that led eventually to his bankruptcy. Most usefully, Green provides many of these documents in modern spelling versions making it easy to locate a particular word or section through a simple word search.
OXDOX : an important assembly of documents relating to Oxford’s life and Elizabethan literary history can be found on this page on the Alan H. Nelson website. Less useful for a simple overview than Nina Green’s site because they are are all in original spelling studded throughout with transcript marks, they do come closer to the ideal, i.e., examining the original document, than anything we can expect short of a visit to the British Library or the PRO. Although Nelson, an English Professor Emeritus from Berkeley and a paleographer by training, is fiercely anti-Oxfordian, he has provided a great deal of important material. In addition he’s a thoroughly likable chap, despite the huge blind spot when it comes to Oxford. Oxfordians interested in hearing an opposing point of view will find plenty to think about here.
Elizabethanauthors.com : provides most of the Early Modern play texts that Authorship scholars must examine in seeking the voice of early Shakespeare and to resolve other authorship problems, texts that until now have been difficult to locate. Here’s where you look for a modern spelling version, so useful for word searches. An invaluable resource, created and maintained by authorship scholars Barbra Flues and Robert Brazil.
Renascence Editions : consists of transcriptions provided by Risa S. Bear of the University of Oregon, providing a large number of Early Modern texts in in pdf format. Good for checking original spelling.
Play Shakespeare.com “The Ultimate Free Shakespeare Resource” : Offers scholarly versions of all the plays, plus reviews of current productions and a number of other features. Contains links to even more sites. Must log in.
The MIT Shakespeare website “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare” : entire plays and all the poems in modern spelling. Useful for locating the Act and Scene of particular phrase or speech since they’ve made it possible to search an entire play without having to search scene by scene.
The Oxfordian : The scholarly journal of in-depth articles on Authorship topics published annually by the Shakespeare Oxford Society, whose webpage now provides a few of the 80 or so articles published during my time as editor, with (hopefully) more to come at some point. Meanwhile under SOURCES I’ve uploaded those most pertinent to my scenario. For article submissions, contact the current editor, Prof. Michael Egan at drmichaelegan at comcast.net.
The Shakespeare Authorship Sourcebook is the creation of Mark Andre Alexander, an independent scholar from California whose multitude of interests led him to an in-depth examination of the issue of Shakespeare’s knowledge of the Law. He has also provided articles by important Oxfordian scholars from early days, ensuring that these seminal works not be lost, articles by Gwynneth Bowen, Charles Wisner Barrell, and Lillian Winstanley. He also provides two important works by the first truly devastating anti-Stratfordian, the British jurist Sir George Greenwood. We have one of Mark’s articles on this blog: “Shakespeare’s Knowledge of Law: A Journey through the History of the Argument.”
Brief Chronicles: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Authorship Studies: this peer-reviewed online journal gives access to important articles by authorship scholars, past and present. Edited by Dr. Roger Stritmatter with the assistance of Managing Editor Gary Goldstein, the focus is on providing solidly researched and traditionally cited material.
The Shakespeare Oxford Newsletter : On this page on the Shakespeare Oxford Society website are articles published in the SOS Newsletter from 1965 through 1996, with promise that at some point more will be added. The Shakespeare Oxford Society is the oldest authorship society in America.
The De Vere Society Newsletter : published quarterly by the British De Vere Society, this page offers a selection of past articles in pdf format, with promise of more to come. A link to the publications page gives information on their collection of important past articles in their 2006 book titled Great Oxford.
Shakespeare Matters : the quarterly newsletter published by the Shakespeare Fellowship : an American organization dedicated to discussing issues revolving around the authorship question. Membership ($20/year) gives access to the online newsletter.
The Elizabethan Review : the semi-annual scholarly journal published 1993-99, by Oxfordian scholar and T.V. producer Gary Goldstein––titles and authors available online, plus four articles. The entire collection is available on CD.
The Shakespeare Oxford Society offers back issues of their annual journal, The Oxfordian and of the quarterly SOS Newsletter. There is a special deal for anyone who wishes to purchase the first 10 years (10 volumes, 1998-2008) for a local or college library. Founded in 1957, the Shakespeare Oxford Society is the oldest authorship organization in the US.
Concordia University Bookstore : The most comprehensive source for those books needed for authorship research that can’t be found through the major distributors.
Minos Publishing Company : order copies of the important books published or reprinted by Ruth Loyd Miller, including her edition of J.T. Looney’s Shakespeare Identified (the book that started it all, still one of the best literary whodunits ever written) including a number of poems known or thought to be by Oxford; a bound photocopy of B.M. Ward’s out-of-print The Seventeenth Earl of Oxford; A Hundreth Sundry Flowres (Oxford’s 1574 anthology of his and others poems, including his revelatory The Adventures of Master F.I.), and William Plumer Fowler’s Shakespeare Revealed in Oxford’s Letters.
Brunel University Masters Program in Shakespeare Authorship Studies. Located in Uxbridge, Middlesex, just southwest of central London, Brunel University now offers a full scale Masters degree in Authorship Studies under the direction of Prof. William Leahy. “This new programme, the first of its kind in the world, tackles the subject of Shakespeare and Authorship in all its diversity. We interrogate the mythologisation of Shakespeare, and examine the effects of collaboration on notions of authorship, value, genius, and authority. The course considers how the desire for a national and global icon produced the Shakespeare industry.”
The Shakespearean Authorship Trust : provides a series of lectures every November-December at the New Globe Theatre on Bankside in London by writers and speakers with information on the subject of Elizabethan and Jacobean authorship. The accent is on learning as much as possible about the different candidates. Hosted by President Mark Rylance, actor and former artistic director of the New Globe.
The Shakespeare Oxford Society, the oldest authorship organization in the US, provides an annual journal, a quarterly newsletter, and an annual conference. Presented in conjunction with the Shakespeare Fellowship, the SOS conference, featuring important presentations and other events, takes place every autumn in a different part of the US.
The Shakespeare Authorship Research Centre at Concordia University in delightful Portland, Oregon, home of Powell’s Bookstore. Director Daniel Wright runs an annual conference every spring and a seminar every summer on authorship issues. Those interested in online discussion can join the SARC listserv.
Oberon Shakespeare Study Group, a Michigan group dedicated to the study of the work of William Shakespeare with particular interest in the authorship question has monthly meetings at the Farmington Library in Farmington Hills, Michigan. All visiting Ann Arbor or environs are welcome to attend. For commentary on local events, check their blog maintained by Linda Thiel.
The Shakespeare Authorship Roundtable provides a forum for the study of the Elizabethan Age with emphasis on an open-minded exploration of the authorship of the Shakespeare canon. The Roundtable does not promote any particular candidate or subscribe to any specific theory of authorship. They meet five times a years at the Beverly Hills Public Library on Saturday mornings. For a current calendar or more information, check www.shakespeareauthorship.org or contact Carole Sue Lipman at clipman at dreamworks.com.
Shakespeare Authorship Coalition is dedicated to legitimizing the authorship question in academia by increasing awareness of “reasonable doubt” about the identity of William Shakespeare. The SAC’s main initiative is the Declaration of Reasonable Doubt About the Identity of William Shakespeare, promulgated by Sir Derek Jacobi and Mark Rylance. Notable signatories include Supreme Court Justices J.P. Stevens and Sandra Day O’Connor. You may sign here.
Oberon Shakespeare Study Group: a Michigan group dedicated to the study of the works of William Shakespeare with particular interest in the authorship question. Oberon meets monthly at 6:45 p.m. in meeting room A, upstairs at the at the Farmington Community Library, 32737 W. 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48334. All are welcome.
Jeremy Crick’s Trentham Family website : Much information on the family that rescued Oxford from bankruptcy in 1592, thus saving Shakespeare for posterity.
Shakespeare by Another Name : current news and views from Mark Anderson, author of the most recent and thorough Oxford biography.
Works of Thomas Nashe : Independent researcher Rita Lamb provides Nashe’s works plus important information about Oxford’s “young Juvenal.”
The Woolpack Man : Oxfordian Richard Kennedy provides convincing evidence that the original memorial in the Stratford Trinity Church was a bust of William’s father, John Shakspere.
Luminarium “Anthology of English Literature,” the beautiful site run by Anniina Joniken is always worth a look when in search of a text, biography, portrait, or interesting view of someone or something from the period we study. Not an authorship site, but also not one that purposely hides authorship information; for instance her bio of Oxford is by Oxfordian Gary Goldstein.
Shakespeareauthorship.com : Those interested in the arguments against Oxford will find plenty at this site run by Stratford apologists David Kathman (a financial analyst with a phd in Linguistics) and Terry Ross (Program Manager for e-learning at the University of Baltimore with degrees in Philosophy, Creative Writing, and English Lit.. They respond to the Authorship Question with the Stratfordian point of view. They are usually polite and forthcoming in responding to questions.
The Shakespeare Adventure : Bill Boyle’s calendar of Authorship events and news with links to interesting websites and blogs.
Hank Whittemore’s Shakespeare Blog : comments on authorship issues by the author of The Monument.
1609 Chronology : Oxfordian scholar Robert Brazil offers interesting material he’s come across in his years of study.
Agas map of London: c.1560 showing central London, Westminster, and a bit of Southwark. This enlarged version created by an English professor and her students in 2004, is full screen and interactive, so you can easily move from a closeup view of one part of the old city to another.