Professor Ward Elliott Announces Retirement « Forum | The Official Student Publication of Claremont McKenna College

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Ward Elliott has been on the authorship scene for decades, and has pioneered in some ways the science of stylometrics. “Founder of the Claremont Shakespeare Clinic, of which he was the co-advisor from 1987 to 1994, Elliott has co-authored multiple publications with fellow CMC professor Robert Valenza examining Shakespeare’s supposed authorship of the works accredited … ”

Read more: http://cmcforum.com/news/04302013-professor-ward-elliott-announces-retirement

BBC News – Shakespeare scholars try to see off the Bard’s doubters

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This is the 449th birthday of William Shakespeare. Well, actually, it might be his birthday, because we don’t really know when he was born.

There is a date for his baptism – with his name recorded in Latin as “Gulielmus” – and then it’s a case of working back a few days.

It’s an educated guess. And much of the endless debate about the identity of the author of Shakespeare’s plays is because so much of the presumed life story is educated guesswork.

But a new book – William Shakespeare Beyond Doubt – wants to put the record straight once and for all, as a forthright counterblast against those who question his authorship.

Stanley Wells, honorary president of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and eminent Shakespearean scholar, now aged 82, has marshalled an international line-up of academics to defend the Bard.


I receive hate mail for questioning the authorship of Shakespeare plays | William Leahy | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

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William Leahy teaches the authorship issue at Brunel University in the UK. “Today marks William Shakespeare’s 449th birthday and celebrations are being planned to commemorate this special occasion… ”

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/apr/23/william-shakespeare-authorship-birthday

Academics seek to debunk myths of Shakespeare’s ‘ghost writers’ | The Times

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Paul Edmondson and Stanley Wells, of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, decided to publish Shakespeare Beyond Doubt to counter the dizzying number of theories that ignore evidence of Shakespeare’s authorship in favour of conspiracies that claim he was


Academic book aims to place Shakespeare authorship beyond doubt | The Australian

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EDWARD DE VERE, Francis Bacon, Christopher Marlowe and more than 70 other people suggested as candidates for having written the works of William Shakespeare are subjected to new academic rigour by Stratford-upon-Avon in a book that seeks to


Will the real Shakespeare please stand up | Illawarra Mercury

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It’s a subject that divides a lot of people and everyone has an opinion on it.

Did William Shakespeare write Shakespeare? And if he didn’t, then who did?

These knotty questions are wrestled with, in Workshop Theatre’s latest production, the Australian premiere of Mark Rylance’s I Am Shakespeare.

The debate over the Shakespeare authorship question has been going since the middle of the 19th century, driven in part by how little we know about the man, William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon, outside of his plays and sonnets.

In the play, philosopher Sir Francis Bacon and Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, are presented as alternative authors of the works.