More Site Development Update

Posted By on December 4, 2009

The Shakespeare’s Bible FAQ is now published.

Please don’t be shy about suggesting changes or additions. A blog is a living entity — it requires readers and critics to breath, grow, and live.

Also now published is the “Critics” section, which includes a selection of quotations from my professional dossier.

To provide a sense of balance and give some indication of the controversial nature of the site’s content, I included David Kathman’s recent rip on me as someone with “pretensions” to scholarship, from the latest issue of The Oxfordian (2009).

Kathman’s quote represents a depressingly typical example of  the echo chamber effect of the Shakespearean establishment, which is remarkably effective at inducing conformity through the use of such ad hominem innuendo.

I will have more to say about the dubious politics by which this astounding statement came to be published in a journal which supposedly represents the views of Oxfordians, but for now I’ll just let readers ponder the Kathman quote, as it were, in situ — alongside  some opinions from others which serve to place Kathman’s pronouncement in a comparative context. For now, I also encourage readers to compare what Kathman says to the documented record of my curriculum vitae.

Added 12/7: Mark Anderson and Roger Stritmatter’s 1996 article on the state of the de Vere Bible research, reprinted from the Shakespeare Oxford Society newsletter, is now available.

Added 12/8: Take the Shakspeare’s Bible quiz!

Added 12/11/08: A reprint of my March 18, 2007  Washington Post article, “Is this the Bard We See Before Us?

About the author

Roger Stritmatter is a native liberal humorist who lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Contrary to rumor, he does not live on North Avenue. He does, however, work on North Avenue. A pacifist by inclination, one of his heroes is John Brown. But he thinks that Fredrick Douglass, another of his heroes, made the right decision. Stritmatter's primary areas of interest include the nature of paradigm shifts, the history of ideas, forensic literary studies, MS studies, renaissance literature, and the history of the Shakespearean question, the latter a field in which he has published extensively.


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