Posted By Roger Stritmatter 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?”