1st Edition

The Shakespeare Claimants A Critical Survey of the Four Principal Theories concerning the Authorship of the Shakespearean Plays

By H. N Gibson Copyright 2005
    330 Pages
    by Routledge

    330 Pages
    by Routledge

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    This edition first published in 1962.

    The Shakespeare Claimants is a critical survey of the great controversy that has raged over the authorship of the Shakespearean plays. It provides the general reader with an outline history of this controversy and with a full description and analysis of the main anti-Stratfordian arguments. This book concentrates on the four main claimants: Bacon, Oxford, Derby and Marlowe.

    The book contains an extensive bibliography and footnotes to guide the reader through the text.

    1. Theories and Theorists 2. Denigration of an actor 3. The case for Francis Bacon 4. The case for the Oxford Syndicate 5. The case for Lord Derby 6. The case for Christopher Marlowe 7. Parallelism and the 'Promus' 8. Shakespeare's scholarship and covabulary 9. Metamorphoses of the sonnets 10. 'Richard II' and the missing link 11. The hidden hand in 'As You Like It' 12. The Northumberland MS 13. The feudal aristocrat 14. Portraits and monuments 15. Four miscellaneous topics 16. A tug-of-war with the first folio 17. Vice versa 18. Confusions and conclusions


    H. N Gibson