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Posted By on November 29, 2009

Welcome to Shake-Speare’s Bible.com.
Our topic is Shake-speare’s Bible. The one he owned.
Really. No joke.
To learn what that means, please visit the “about” page.

For a selection of some of the very best online de Vere/Shakespeare resources, visit my links page. – Ed

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The Magic Man in the Shakespeare Authorship Question

Posted By on March 26, 2018

Paul Gallico’s novel, The Magic Man, imagines a character who knows actual magic in a world where everyone else is just doing tricks out of books.  They are masters of the sleight-of-hand, and he is the one in touch with the divine powers of actually performing magic that works because it is real.

For Stratfordians, Shakespeare is a kind of magic man in the sense that none of the usual rules are expected to apply to him. We don’t really need evidence for his education, because he lived in Stratford when there was a school there and his father was an alderman, so he probably attended, even if we don’t have the proof for it (he must have gone to grammar school, after all, to write the plays). He understood at a profound philosophical level the conflict between law and equity in English jurisprudence but never went to college, let alone to the Inns of Court to study either law or philosophy.  Music, linguistics, and the rest he probably inherited for all we know. The magic man, indeed – he makes something out of nothing.

But for post-Stratfordians — Oxfordian or otherwise — Shakespeare is also a magic man, because he’s the one who pulled off the stunt, with a little help from Jonson et al. — he disappeared successfully for four hundred years, erasing his tracks as he went. He left only the message of his works and letters, which he knew full well would, more seriously considered, disclose him to the world.

So, yes, Shakespeare is the magic man in this story, whichever way you look at it. I guess that means that we get to chose what kind of magic man we prefer.

What kind of a magic man do you see in this story?

Debate News From Jamaica

Posted By on September 24, 2017

“Difficile est non scribere satyram”

Some months past your editor had occasion to call attention to a certain post office box in Jamaica from which he has in the past received intelligence.

They say that lightning never strikes twice, but actually, there are many people – and I am  like them in many ways – who have been struck not only twice, but three, four, five or even six or seven times by lightning, so that by now they are all miss-wired and discombobulated, and have also, somehow, lived to tell of it.

Yes, it has happened: lightning has struck again! Only this time it was a phone call, not an email, from Jamaica. I immediately recognized that the call was from Jamaica by the 876 prefix, but the caller was and remains utterly unknown to me except that he introduces himself, as you shall see, as Professor True Fact.  – Editor Eddy

I picked up the phone.

“Hello?” It was a very distinguished and colorfully ostentatious voice, a little high in the register, sounding full of merry England after a couple of good shots of Scotch on the rocks, via Jamaica: “This is Professor True Fact. If you know what’s good for you, you will retract what you wrote about me. You totally misconstrued the sophisticated rhetoric of my usage of ‘you.’ I did not mean, ‘You, yourself’ when I said that if you believed in gremlins you were like a holocaust denier.  I didn’t even know that you believed in gremlins when I wrote it. So, you see, it’s all a big misunderstanding, caused by your miss-perceptions of what I meant. I meant somebody else. You really should read better.

Eddy. I see.

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The Shakespeare Illusions

Posted By on February 15, 2017

Here is the power point used to illustrate my  lecture at the fall 2016 Annual Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship meetings in Newtown, MASS.

The Shakespeare Illusions

In this talk, I critically examined two major elements of Stratfordian narrative, the Greene’s Groatsworth of Witte (1592) allusion to a “Johannes Factotum” and “Shakescene” and Francis Meres Palladis tamia (1598) discussion of “Shakespeare” as a major playwright.

Many people consider these to be “Shakespeare allusions.” Actually, they are Shakespeare illusions.

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On Ascertaining the Future – Is Donald Trump about to be Impeached?

Posted By on November 11, 2016

"We're Done Here."

“We’re Done Here (take 2).”

Well, let’s face it; everyone in the predicting business except for Professor Lichtman, Michael Moore, the metadata miners, and to a lesser but significant extent, Nate Silver, got it wrong.  Never before in history, it may be, have so many brilliant people having been armed with so much data, predicted something so badly.

Donald Trump’s followers would have us all believe that this proves that Donald J. Trump is a miracle worker and a genius.

I mean, look at how many people he gets to buy hats with his name of them!

Now there’s a man who has success written all over his freewheeling hands, a real genuine sort of American huckster of the sort traditionally known as confidence men.

Even Trump’s own internal polling numbers told him he was going to lose, and yet he prevailed in a very close election, to take the states he needed to win the electoral college, while losing in the general election count. Is this the death knell of the electoral college system? Is that a good thing, or a bad one? My students are thinking its time for it to go. (more…)

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In "From Crackpot to Mainstream"Keir Cutler, PhD, takes down the recent Shakespeare Beyond Doubt (OUP, 2013)

Criticism of Cutler's "Is Shakespeare Dead?": "A magnificently witty performance!" (Winnipeg Sun). "Highly entertaining and engrossing!" (EYE Weekly). "Is Shakespeare Dead? marshals startling facts into an elegant and often tenacious argument that floats on a current of delicious irony" (Montreal Gazette).