Who wrote the works of William Shakespeare?
It may not be as you think…
The Shakespeare Authorship Research Centre (SARC) is an academic think tank that unites educators, students, playwrights, actors, directors and lovers of Shakespeare in an authorship conversation surrounding the Elizabethan world's most acclaimed poet-playwright: William Shakespeare.
Who wrote the works of William Shakespeare?
That question generates a lot of different responses. Some scholars attribute the works to the traditional writer from Stratford. Others argue that Shakespeare from Stratford lacked the education and familiarity with the royal court to have penned the works and that they must have been written by someone else. The mission of the SARC is to explore the authorship issue using a wide range of textual tools and historical research to help answer the question.
The SARC periodically holds conferences and seminars to delve into the Shakespeare authorship topic.
- The Shakespeare Authorship Studies Conference is a unique convocation of academicians and scholars focused on sharing new research on the life and works of Shakespeare. The conference is especially dedicated to the presentation of publishable research that thoughtfully addresses, affirmatively or negatively, the possibility that a writer other than the orthodox candidate was the pseudonymous author of the Shakespeare canon. The conference also solicits research that explores the character of and conditions for anonymous and pseudonymous writing in the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras…studies that advance the understanding of other writers of the time, e.g., George Peele, Robert Greene, Francis and Anthony Bacon, Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson, Edmund Spenser and Thomas Kyd.
- The Summer Seminar convenes a week-long discussion on the Concordia University Portland campus to enable participants the opportunity for close study of a major question related to the Shakespeare authorship issue. The seminar is not offered for academic credit but pursues academic rigor in the study of selected topics relevant to resolution and better understanding of the Shakespeare authorship question.
Authorship articles of interest
- The Shakespeare Authorship Controversy
- Oxford and Shakespeare
- Discovering Shakespeare
- Exposing an Industry in Denial
- Who was Edward de Vere?
- A letter from Sir Derek Jacobi to the SARC (more from Sir Jacobi on Shakespeare)
Books of significance related to authorship
- Shakespeare's Lost Kingdom: The True History of Shakespeare and Elizabeth by Charles Beauclerk — The finest introduction to the Shakespeare Authorship Question with which one can begin, although Beauclerk's book is also a superb work for veteran investigators and researchers that contextualizes - in majestic and eloquent character - the personal and political inspiration behind the works of Shakespeare.
- Shakespeare Identified by John Thomas Looney; edited by Ruth Loyd Miller — An adaptation, in two volumes, of the book by the English schoolmaster who launched the Oxfordian authorship thesis in 1920.
- Shakespeare: Who Was He? by Richard F. Whalen — A concise introduction to the Shakespeare Authorship Question. An excellent resource for students new to the controversy.
- The Shakespeare Controversy: An Analysis of the Authorship Theories by Warren Hope and Kim Holston — The updated version by Warren Hope and Kim Holston of their earlier survey of the Shakespeare Authorship Question. Includes an annotated bibliography of selected publications on the SAQ from 1728 - 2008. A censored and fragmentary but yet, in some ways, useful introduction to the history of the issue.
- Who Wrote Shakespeare? by John Michell — An informative and dispassionate survey of many of the major and minor candidates for "Shakespeare," including Francis Bacon, Christopher Marlowe, Edward de Vere, Roger Manners, William Shakspere, William Stanley, Edward Dyer and many others.
- Shakespeare's Unorthodox Biography by Diana Price — A first-rate, scholarly demolition of the legend of William Shakspere of Stratford-Upon-Avon. Price doesn't suggest who Shakespeare was, but she demonstrates, irrefutably, who he was not!
- The Mysterious William Shakespeare by Charlton Ogburn, Jr. — The late CO2's magnum opus offers a broad and intelligent explication of the Oxfordian authorship thesis as well as a firm rebuttal of traditionalist assumptions about Shakespeare.
- Hidden Allusions in Shakespeare's Plays by Eva Turner Clark — A vast, early 20th-century study that provides evidence for the origin of some of the Shakespeare plays at court during the 1570s.
- Edward de Vere's Geneva Bible by Prof Roger Stritmatter — Dr. Stritmatter's revealing study of the annotations and marginalia of Edward de Vere's personal Bible, now in the possession of the Folger Shakespeare Library.
- The Anglican Shakespeare by Prof Daniel Wright — Professor Wright's demonstration of the Protestant stance of the writer who called himself Shakespeare--a stance that made Shakespeare, through the history plays, an invaluable Reformation apologist, historical revisionist and propagandist for the Crown.
- Freeing Shakespeare's Voice by Prof Kristin Linklater — A guide by well-known Oxfordian speech professor, Kristin Linklater, to better command of the Shakespearean voice - which, it should be noted, she declares is that of the 17th earl of Oxford!
- Macbeth (The Oxfordian Shakespeare Series), Richard F. Whalen and Prof Daniel Wright, editors — The first in a series of Oxfordian interpretatations of the Shakespeare plays. This volume on Macbeth is authored by Richard Whalen, one of the series' general editors.
- The Shakespeare Guide to Italy by Richard Roe — One of the most important books of original Shakespeare scholarship of the last century. A "must have" for SAQ scholars and aficionados alike. Beautifully and informatively illustrated. Introduction by Professor Daniel Wright.
- Devere as Shakespeare by William Farina — Valparaiso University graduate William Farina's vital companion text to the Shakespeare plays. A well-researched digest of the links of each of the works of Shakespeare to their creator, Edward de Vere.
- Great Oxford, Richard Malim, editor — A superb collection of essays by some of Europe's best Oxfordian scholars; articles include contributions by Dr Noemi Magri, Dr John Rollett, Eddi Jolly, Charles Bird, Alan Robinson, Kevin Gilvary and many others.
Other Shakespeare Authorship Organizations
- The Marlowe Society (Great Britain)
- The Francis Bacon Society (Great Britain)
Oxfordian, Marlovian, Baconian, Sidneyite