Posted By on November 29, 2009

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

Of course, since we don’t believe in censorship and bullying here, and we’re interested in a lot of different subjects — being, as it were, on an intellectual adventure of our lives — you’ll find a lot of extras here.

For example, every once in a while, we diverge to consider other topics in intellectual history — lately, the intense and exciting developments in online news and debate over the resurgence of “Cold Fusion”/LENR energy production, hailed by Gerald Celente and many others in 2011 as a new industrial revolution “in statu nascendi.”

For more information on LENR, please visit or coldfusionnow!

You won’t be disappointed. For a selection of some of the very best online de Vere/Shakespeare resources, visit my links page. – Ed

If your site fits well with this list, let me know and I can list it.

Update 3/16- categories are not working! Sorry for any confusion. Still working on it.

Hacking Jonathan Bate’s Mind, Part I

Posted By on October 17, 2017

One of Sir Professor Jonathan Bate’s first-line arguments against post-Stratfordian and Oxfordian scholarship is the assertion that anyone who doubts the identity of Shakespeare must be a “conspiracy theorist.”  This rhetoric is useful in the early 21st century, especially in America, which disavowed conspiracy theories in about 1964 (according to Wikipedia). Bringing up “conspiracy”  automatically associates the topic  of conversation  with the anxieties of late 1963 after the assassination of one of the most popular and widely respected presidents in U.S. history, who happened to be running afoul of his own security apparatus and angering the Joint Chiefs over the bay of pigs fiasco, and reaching out to African Americans by fighting back against Jim Crow and educational segregation, not to mention threatening to pull U.S. troops out of the big muddy in Viet-Nam several years and hundreds of thousands of lives before it was actually done.

All at once.

Should it be a surprise that many people look at this moment in history and see a conspiracy even if, in fact, it didn’t exist?

Everything in the context points to the existence of some sort of network that was far larger than merely Oswald, even if he was the only shooter. The Warren commission report, like almost all such government produced documents, was an abomination full of giant wormholes and contradictions and lapses in critical imagination that we should expect paid public servants like a chief Justice of the Supreme Court to avoid. So, yes, people still don’t want to think about those things, which is why members of the scholarly punditocracy like Sir Professor Bate like to toss around molotov-cocktail terms like “conspiracy theory.”

Such conditioning does not disappear in a generation, certainly not in view of subsequent events including the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Malcolm-X and then Robert Kennedy, the one man in America who might have had the power and influence to launch a real investigation into his brother’s death. These killings among other things further eroded any public faith in the nation in the ideals of equity and fairness for which those men all stood.

Robert Kennedy was man who was joining with other leaders to  really start to heal some of the race divisions of the time in America and had galvanized a strong left-of-center majorities in the run-up to the 1968 election.  He was, we are told, killed by a man who had no idea afterward why he did what he did. These things boggle and confuse the mind, because what they seem to be saying is not consistent with what we want to believe is true. (more…)

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.


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.


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).