Who Wrote the Works of Shake-speare?
As many of you know, regarding authorship of the Shakespearean canon, my reviews of every play include a discussion of the biographic details (of Edward de Vere, the 17th earl of Oxford) that are heavily peppered throughout.
|First folio emblem book clues|
For those of you who are interested in more details behind de Vere's authorship, I've created a 3-minute video that is entered in this year's Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship's contest on "Who wrote Shakespeare?"
There are eight videos that made the cut. Each is three minutes or less. Frankly, I was a little disappointed in the quality of most of these, both in terms of production and choice of content, so if you want to cut to the chase, my video is the fifth one (in the middle of the grid), “Who Wrote the Works of Shake-speare?,” with the famous Droeshout engraving (from the first folio of the plays) marked up with red lines as the preview frame.
You can see the videos here: https://shakespeareoxfordfellowship.org/2019-video-contest/
If you’re so inclined, watch the videos and vote for your favorite.
In creating my video, the challenge was how to boil down a mountain of evidence, with biographical details found in every play and poem, into three minutes. As you shall see, I decided to address how the nobility of the Elizabethan age masked their identities in the central genre of the time, the emblem book, which convey messages hidden in various linguistic, graphic, mathematical, and geometric codes. Both "Shake-speare's Sonnets" and first folio of the plays are emblem books.
It’s fascinating, and its stunning when the solution avails itself!
Anyway, there’s a $1000 prize for the winner, and I could use the dough.
In addition to my reviews of Shake-speare's work (here are three from this summer's Colorado Shakespeare Festival: Twelfth Night, As You Like It, and Romeo and Juliet), I posted a short essay that covers the main points regarding authorship.