Mark Anderson on Studio 360

Posted By on October 23, 2011

Mark Anderson with Shakespeare By Another Name and a few of the books synthesized in his magnum opus.

An excellent podcast here, from PBS regular Kurt Anderson and Mark Anderson (no relation), author of Shakespeare By Another Name, the most widely read current de Vere biography, on Studio 360.

Anderson interviews Anonymous screenwriter John Orloff, Sir Derek Jacobi, and Berkeley’s Dr. Alan Nelson, who gets in more than a few words “edgewise.” Nelson makes some decent but irrelevant points, and others that are just the usual denial, such as the Shapiro line that it’s anachronistic to think of Elizabethan literature as having any biographical significance.

To play the podcast, click on the start button….Isn’t the internet fun?

According to Nelson the Shakespearean profession is “virtually unanimous” in endorsing the official story. Hmmm….

I guess those of us in Maryland, or, come to think of it, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Illinois, or Missouri, to mention only a few obvious exceptions, don’t count as far as Nelson is concerned. Come to think of it, Sir Derek Jacobi isn’t part of the “Shakespearean profession”?

Guess not. That’s how Stratfordian apologists define “we.” We are the ones who count. ¬†At least, “virtually” so. Everyone else has no right to an opinion.

According to Nelson, moreover, it is is not only untrue, but also “irrelevant,” that de Vere’s biography infuses the Shakespearean canon. Hmm….We’ll have to think about that one.

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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