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Shakespeare By Another Name: The Life Of Edward De Vere, Earl Of Oxford, The Man Who Was Shakespeare
By Derek Jacobi (foreword by) and Mark Anderson
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Gotham Books
Publication date August 1, 2005
Pages 598
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781592401031
ISBN-10 1592401031
Dimensions 1.75 by 6.75 by 10 in.
Weight 2.10 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $32.50
§As reported by publisher
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Summary
Draws on a wealth of new evidence to argue that the bard was actually Edward de Vere, the seventeenth Earl of Oxford, in a portrait that identifies the earl as a courtier, scholar, and prolific ghostwriter whose life events convincingly mirrored and inspired themes in Shakespeare's plays. 40,000 first printing.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: A triumph of literary detective work: the first popular biography of the adventurous Elizabethan earl whose life and letters indicate that he was the true author of the works of Shakespeare

William Shaksper of Stratford was an actor and entrepreneur who had little education, never left England, and apparently owned no books. In the centuries since his death more and more questions have arisen about the true source of the plays and poetry conventionally attributed to him. Now journalist Mark Anderson’s page-turning and groundbreaking new biography "Shakespeare" by Another Name offers tantalizing proof that it was the 17th Earl of Oxford, Edward de Vere—a courtier, spendthrift, scholar, traveler, scoundrel, patron, and prolific ghostwriter of state propaganda—who actually created this timeless body of work.

Weaving together a wealth of evidence uncovered in ten years of research, Anderson brings to life a colorful figure whose biography presents countless mirror images of the works of Shakespeare. De Vere lived in Venice during his twenties—racking up debt with the city’s money- lenders (Merchant of Venice); his notorious jealousy of his first wife spawned both self- critical works (Othello, The Winter’s Tale) and self-mocking japes (The Comedy of Errors); an extramarital affair led to courtly disgrace (Much Ado About Nothing) as well as street fighting between his supporters and rivals (Romeo and Juliet). Anderson contends that the only way de Vere’s compromising works— including brutally honest portraits of the powerful elite at Queen Elizabeth I’s court—could ever be published was under another man’s name

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Hardcover
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With Derek Jacobi (other contributor) | from Gotham Books (August 1, 2005)
9781592401031 | details & prices | 598 pages | 6.75 × 10.00 × 1.75 in. | 2.10 lbs | List price $32.50
About: Argues that the bard was actually Edward de Vere, the seventeenth Earl of Oxford, in a portrait that identifies the earl as a courtier, scholar, and prolific ghostwriter whose life events mirrored and inspired themes in Shakespeare's plays.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Gotham Books (August 3, 2006)
9781592402151 | details & prices | 640 pages | 6.00 × 9.25 × 1.75 in. | 1.65 lbs | List price $17.50
About: Draws on a wealth of new evidence to argue that the bard was actually Edward de Vere, the seventeenth Earl of Oxford, in a portrait that identifies the earl as a courtier, scholar, and prolific ghostwriter whose life events convincingly mirrored and inspired themes in Shakespeare's plays.
CD/Spoken Word
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With Simon Prebble (other contributor) | Abridged edition from Highbridge Co (August 18, 2005)
9781565119949 | details & prices | 5.00 × 6.00 × 1.25 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $34.95
About: Argues that the bard was actually Edward de Vere, the seventeenth Earl of Oxford, in a portrait that identifies the earl as a courtier, scholar, and prolific ghostwriter whose life events mirrored and inspired themes in Shakespeare's plays.

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