Irish Times on Authorship: De Vere Winning the Race

Posted By on December 25, 2009

IrishtimesColumnist Frank McNally, who writes the regular column “An Irishman’s Diary” over at the Irish Times, has taken notice of the fact that Supreme Court Justices John Paul Stevens and Sandra Day O’Connor have both added their names to the Shakespeare Authorship Coalition’s Declaration of Reasonable Doubt. Writes McNally:

The theory that Shakespeare wasn’t Shakespeare has a long history. Mark Twain was an early exponent, favouring Francis Bacon as the true author. Indeed Bacon was a long-time leader in the field of alternative candidates, but has since fallen away.

And although the field has expanded to Grand National proportions, one Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford, has now established such a long lead that the race is as good as over, barring a fall.

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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