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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (216 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Anderson Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2005 ISBN: 9781598873474
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Actor William Shakspere of Stratford had little education, never left England, and apparently owned no books. How could he have written the great plays and poetry attributed to him? Journalist Mark Andersons biography offers tantalizing proof that Edward de Vere, seventeenth Earl of Oxford—courtier, spendthrift, scholar, traveler, soldier, scoundrel, and writer—was the real “Shakespeare.”

As Anderson reveals, de Vere lived in Venice during his twenties, often in debt to its moneylenders (Merchant of Venice). He led military campaigns against rebellious nobles in Scotland (Macbeth). An extramarital affair resulted in fighting between his supporters and rivals (Romeo and Juliet). And when de Vere was publicly disgraced, he began using the pen name “Shake-speare” and appealed to Queen Elizabeth I through her favorite form of entertainment—the theater.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teri Hand | 2/7/2014

    " Gives a lot of inferences as to how Edward de Vere could be Shakespeare. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bruce | 1/27/2014

    " I challenge you to read this book and retain a dismissive attitude towards its thesis -- that Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford, wrote the works of Shakespeare. No one or two or three telling facts or coincidences can carry much weight in an argument like this but in this book they keep accumulating through 380 pages, with 4 appendices and 157 pages of footnotes, with heavy use of details in the plays themselves as well as other sources. Well-written and reasonable in tone, it's a pleasurable detective story as well as a convincing argument. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Ford | 1/27/2014

    " A biography of Eward DeVere, Earl of Oxford. Parallels between his upbringing, education, travels, policial connections, and personal relationships and the plays attributed to William Shakespeare are intriguing. Hard to dismiss. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Odis | 1/16/2014

    " Blows the cover off the biggest conspiracy of them all! Asks some really hard questions . . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelly | 1/8/2014

    " My first exposure to the authorship question, and compelling enough to encourage me to read more. If all the opposing arguments are as thoroughly researched and vetted as Anderson's, it is indeed a mystery! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helena | 10/21/2013

    " Quite fascinating .Covers a great deal of the period . The author seems convinced Edward De Vere was the real Shakespeare. Not convinced my self but a fascinating read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 7/10/2013

    " it's one huge collection of circumstantial evidence, but as such, it's staggeringly suggestive. and a great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristine | 11/18/2012

    " Magnificent research and very dense. Convinced me that Shakespeare was a fraud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter Whitlock | 5/3/2012

    " De Vere lived an absolutely amazing life, and the evidence that he was Shakespeare is pretty incredible, too. That aside, I learn more about Shakespeare every time I read it. This is one of only two non-fiction books I've been through several times over now, and I'm still not tired of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kei | 2/1/2012

    " well researched interesting work concerning to the authorship question. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marty Nicholas | 1/2/2012

    " Better than "Mysterious William Shakespeare". Up to date, well researched. The "authorship question" is not for the narrow minded. For all of us who sat through HS English and thought, "there's got to be more to this than meets the eye", this is a great place to start. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 11/16/2011

    " A nice entry in the anti-Stratfordian sweepstakes. There were some interesting points raised that I don't recall encountering elsewhere. "A Never writer, to an Ever reader..." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 4/28/2011

    " My favorite book of the year. Can get remaindered copies cheap. Helps is you have knowledge of Shakespeare's life or Elizabethan England. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelly | 4/16/2011

    " My first exposure to the authorship question, and compelling enough to encourage me to read more. If all the opposing arguments are as thoroughly researched and vetted as Anderson's, it is indeed a mystery! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kei | 3/24/2010

    " well researched interesting work concerning to the authorship question. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 2/3/2010

    " A biography of Eward DeVere, Earl of Oxford. Parallels between his upbringing, education, travels, policial connections, and personal relationships and the plays attributed to William Shakespeare are intriguing. Hard to dismiss. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teri | 10/11/2009

    " Gives a lot of inferences as to how Edward de Vere could be Shakespeare. "

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About the Author

Mark Anderson, a journalist and author, devoted more than a decade to researching the life of Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford, publishing articles on de Vere in Harper’s, The Boston Globe, and on PBS.org. Holding a master’s degree in astrophysics, he has also written articles on science, technology, the environment, the arts, and politics for Rolling Stone, Wired, Discover, Science, New Scientist, and National Geographic. He lives in Massachusetts. Shakespeare by Another Name is his first book.

About the Narrator

Simon Prebble, a British-born performer, is a stage and television actor and veteran narrator of some three hundred audiobooks. As one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices, he has received over twenty Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.