The debate over the true author of Shakespeare's body of work (some of which was published under the name "Shake-speare") began not long after the death of William Shakespeare, the obscure actor and entrepreneur who was conventionally assumed to be the author. Early investigators argued for such eminent figures as Christopher Marlow or Francis Bacon as possible authors, but recent scholarship has turned to Edward de Vere, as the true Shakespeare.
'Shakespeare by Another Name' is the first complete literary biography of Edward de Vere that tells the story of his action-packed life -- as student, soldier, lawyer, sophisticate, traveller, and above all, writer -- finding in it the background material for all of Shakespeare's plays. Anderson brings to bear a wealth of new evidence, most notably de Vere's personal copy of the Bible (recently analysed to show the correlation between his underlinings and the biblical allusions in Shakespeare's work) and has employed it all to at last give a complete portrait of the man who was "Shakespeare".
- Publication Date:
- 05 / 03 / 2007
- 152 x 230mm