For those whose interest goes deeper than the surface, here’s a list of the proxies (standins, pen names) used by Oxford, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, or the Earls of Pembroke, to get his works published over the years. If there’s an interest I can explain who these individuals were, those who were real, in Oxford’s life.
1562- Arthur Brooke: narrative poem – Romeus and Juliet
1563- L. Blundeston – Introduction to Barnabe Googe’s Eclogue’s
1565-67-Arthur Golding: narrative poem – Ovid’s Metamorphoses
1564-66- Richard Edwardes: plays for university commencements- Cambridge: 1564: Damon and Pythias; Oxford: 1566: Palamon and Arcite
1566 – William Painter – comic and bawdy tales translated from French and Italian sources: Painter’s Pallace of Pleasure. Major source of Shakespeare’s plots (alongside Plutarch, Ovid & Holinshed).
1567 – George Gascoigne – plays for Gray’s Inn: The Supposes, Jocasta
1567-68 – anonymous – plays for Paul’s Boys; Children of Windsor; or Children of the Chapel: Wit and Will; Orestes; A Tragedy of the King of Scots
1568-1574 – anonymous – unnamed plays for Children’s companies, and companies led by the Dutton brothers.
1576 – George Pettie – A Petite Pallace of Pettie his Pleasure. A collection of tales in the style of Euphues. (published by R.B.)
1576 – Richard Edwardes (dead): first poetry anthology: A Paradise of Dainty Devices
1576-77 – anonymous – play for Paul’s Boys: The Historie of Error
1578 – John Lyly: novel – Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit
1578-79 – anonymous – plays for Lord Chamberlain’s Players – The Cruelty of a Stepmother (Cymbeline?); Murderous Michael (Arden of Faversham?)
1580 – Anthony Munday: novel – Zelauto: The Fountain of Fame
1580 – John Lyly: novel – Euphues: His England
1580 – Robert Greene – pamphlet: romance tale: Mamillia (the first of dozens published over the 1580s)
1581 – George Pettie – translation of Stephano Guazzo’s Civile Conversation, Books I-III.
1584-85 – anonymous – play for “The Earl of Oxenford his boys” – Agamemnon and Ulysses (Troilus and Cressida?) many plays for various companies, none immediately identifiable by title.
1589 – Robert Greene – Menaphon – pamphlet introducing Thomas Nashe
1592 – Robert Greene -farewell pamphlet – Greene’s Groatsworth of Wit
1594-1600 – anonymous – published in quarto: Taming of A Shrew, Henry VI part two, Henry VI part three, Titus Andronicus, Edward III, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Romeo and Juliet, Richard II, Richard III, Henry IV part one, Henry IV part two, Henry V
1598-1609: William Shakespeare: in quarto: Pericles, Prince of Tyre, King Lear, Troilus and Cressida, Hamlet, Merry Wives, Merchant of Venice, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard II, Richard III
1623 – William Shakespeare – collected works in the First Folio.Apart for a few minor exceptions, all the other plays, roughly half, were first published in 1623.