ABC-CLIO Debate has swirled for years around that most significant of literary problems, the authorship of Shakespeare's works. Now Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, a recognized poet and playwright, has eclipsed Bacon, Marlowe, and all the other candidates for authorship honors. Lengthy and specialized studies have detailed the historico-literary case for Oxford and against the man from Stratford-on-Avon . . . Shakespeare: Who Was He? is the first book to give the general reader a clear, readable, concise analysis of the arguments for both men. Most intriguing are the many direct parallels between Oxford's life and Shakespeare's works, especially in Hamlet, the most autobiographical of the plays. Shakespeare: Who Was He? is a literary mystery of monumental proportions. Whalen's presentation breathes new life into the plays and sonnets through this breakthrough examination of the real-life Hamlet, Edward de Vere, the 17th earl of Oxford. The only introduction to the Shakespeare authorship question with a clear, concise evaluation of the arguments for both "William Shakespeare" and Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, this book lays out the case for the general reader in lively, readable prose.
Book News Whalen presents the case for both the man from Stratford-on-Avon and the current leading contender, Edward de Vere, the 17th earl of Oxford, and concludes that the case for Oxford is much more persuasive. Includes a comprehensive, annotated bibliography. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.