SHAKESPEARE AUTHORSHIP CONTROVERSY
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Lisa Wilson (an Oxfordian) and Wally
Famous Actors who believe in the authorship controversy:
Whitman: “I am firm against Shaksper — I mean the Avon man, the
Henry James: “I am . . . haunted by the conviction that the divine William is the biggest and most successful fraud ever practiced on a patient world. (1896)
Mark Twain: “. . . Shakespeare of Stratford-on-Avon never wrote a play in his life. . . He is a Brontosaur: nine bones and six hundred barrels of plaster of Paris.” (1909)
Sigmund Freud: “I no longer believe that . . . Shakespeare, the actor from Stratford, was the author of the works that have been ascribed to him.” (1927)
Orson Welles: “I think Oxford wrote Shakespeare. If you don't, there are some awfully funny coincidences to explain away.” (1953)
Charlie Chaplin: “In the work of the greatest geniuses, humble beginnings will reveal themselves somewhere, but one cannot trace the slightest sign of them in Shakespeare ...” (1964)
2006: Shakespeare Authorship Coalition, in America, formed for the purpose of issuing an online Declaration of Reasonable Doubt About the Identity of William Shakespeare.
April 14, 2007: Declaration of Reasonable Doubt launches in America with signing ceremonies at the Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles, and Concordia University.
There are 287 signatories, until September 8.
Sign the declaration: http://www.doubtaboutwill.org/
September 8: Sir Derek Jacobi and Mark Rylance sign a Declaration poster
on stage at the Minerva Theatre in Chichester. World-wide media attention; signatory count tops 1,000 within 48 hours.
September 24: First master’s degree program in Shakespeare Authorship Studies begins at Brunel University, West London.
October 29: Actors Michael York and Jeremy Irons, Hollywood filmmaker Roland Emmerich (Independence Day; The Day After Tomorrow) sign the Declaration.
Read these 25 curious connections between Edward DeVere and "Shakespeare":
the leading candidate . . . Edward DeVere
"DeVere, thy countenance shakes speares!"
The engraving on the doublet is quite intricate but on closer inspection it seems to show according to Sir Edwin Durning-Lawrence, author of 'Bacon is Shakespeare', the front of the right arm is on one side but, 'without doubt', the back of the left arm on the other side. The picture was given to two tailoring journals. 'The Tailor and Cutter', March 1911 and 'The Gentleman's Tailor', April 1911 . Both these trade journals agreed that the figure was clothed in a coat composed of the back and the front of the same left arm. This was proved by cutting out the two halves of the coat and showing them shoulder to shoulder.
The Collar - It has been suggested that the type of collar depicted on the engraving did not exist. This is not a style of collar that has ever been traced to any one else during this era, it appears to be completely unique. The head does not appear to be connected to the body but is sitting on the collar. We were intrigued by the Droeshout picture. The collar, as depicted, would have been an impossible part of Shakespeare's apparel - the collar looks solid, it has no fastenings, how would you put this on? So we looked at the collar at all angles - if it was not a collar what else could it possibly be?
The Plot Thickens
The next interesting connection is the strange changes to the Droeshout image of William Shakespeare by the engraver William Marshall on the second edition (1640) of Shakespeare's Sonnets. Please click the link to find out more. Our own research has uncovered some new material and some unique ideas. These are explained in The Collar Theory. In view of all the speculation about Shakespeare we have also included a section called the Identity Problem which we hope will guide our visitors through the maze of speculation.
More images of William Shakespeare
Further likenesses of William Shakespeare may be obtained by clicking on:
Pictures of William Shakespeare - Painting - Engravings and Stratford, Sanders Portraits and Chandos Portrait / Picture
Memorials / Statues - Pictures from Poets Corner Westminster Abbey, Gower, Roubilliac bust, Stratford
Mystery of the Marshall Engraving on the 1640 edition of Sonnets - Engraved portrait of - Identity Problem
The Martin Droeshout Engraving - William Shakespeare First Folio
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Check out these websites to learn more:
Wally's friend Lisa Wilson (of 1604 Productions) on authorship
Roland Emmerich, Laura Wilson (Lisa's sister), Charles Beauclerk
Here are some websites about the new authorship movie, directed by Roland Emmerich (Day After Tomorrow, Independence Day, The Patriot), exposing the Authorship Controversy and Edward DeVere's life:
http://www.whowroteshakespeare.com/Intro%20to%20Authorship.htm Great article!
http://www.shakespearebyanothername.com/audio.html with FREE iPod downloads of sections of Mark Anderson's new book, "Shakespeare" By Another Name
Lisa Wilson presents the Oxfordian side to AP class of 2006!
Kat gets one of Lisa's famous Tudor roses! Congrats, Kat!
Still skeptical, John?
Cory and Alex are already on their way to find out more!