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The Oxfordian

Welcome to The Oxfordian (ISSN 1521-3641), the peer reviewed journal published annually during the summer/fall by the Shakespeare Oxford Society. The Oxfordian is a professional publication that features papers providing indepth coverage of issues of importance to Shakespeare scholars. The Oxfordian welcomes submission of learned essays on three interrelated topics:

  • Important literary works of the Early Modern Period in English literature
  • Shakespeare studies
  • Shakespeare authorship issues
  • Subscriptions to The Oxfordian are included with membership in The Shakespeare Oxford Society as either a Regular ($65/year) or Family Member ($100/year), which also includes 4 issues of the Shakespeare Oxford Newsletter. Copies of past issues are available to Shakespeare Oxford Society members for $15.00 each, and for all others for $25.00 each. One article from recent issues of The Oxfordian, with the exception of the two most recent, is published below.

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    Contact the Editor, Dr. Michael Egan, for more information about The Oxfordian or about submitting articles for publication. Also check the Submissions Guidelines and Publication Agreement and Assignment of Copyright if you are considering submitting an article for publication.

    Table of Contents


    Volume 14 – October 2012

    Editorial: III Met by Moonlight

    An Historic Document: The Shakespeare Authorship Coalition Answers the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
    John M. Shahan, et. al.

    The Psychopathology of Stratfordianism
    Richard M. Waugaman

    The Playwright’s Progress: Edward de Vere and the two Shrew Plays
    Ramon Jiménez

    Reclaiming The Passionate Pilgrim for Shakespeare
    Katherine Chiljan

    Giordano Bruno: Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know
    Derran Charlton

    The Case for Sir Henry Neville as the Real Shakespeare
    William D. Rubenstein

    Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford: Touchstone to the English Literary Renaissance
    Stephanie Hopkins Hughes

    New Light on Willobie His Avisa and the Authorship Question
    John Hamill

    Verse Parallels Between Oxford and Shakespeare
    Robert R. Prechter, Jr.


    Volume 13 – October 2011

    Editorial: An Oxfordian Triumph

    Letters to the Editor

    The Black Book, Oedipus and Robin Hood: Oxford’s Lawsuits and the Character of Timon
    Robin Fox

    Titus Andronicus, the Psalms, and Edward de Vere’s Bible
    Richard M. Waugaman

    The Date of The Merchant of Venice: The Case for 1578
    Ramon Jiménez

    Alas Poor Anne: Shakespeare’s “Second Best Bed” in Historical Perspective
    Bonner Miller Cutting

    On the Date and Authorship of The Contention
    Kevin Gilvary

    The ‘Learned’ vs. The ‘Unlearned’ Shakespeare
    Frank Davis

    The Anglified Italian Who Invented Shakespeare
    Lamberto Tassinari

    Did Shakespeare Have a Literary Mentor?
    W. Ron Hess

    A Response to “Did Shakespeare Have a Literary Mentor?”
    Sabrina Feldman


    Volume 12 – October 2010

    Editorial: Good Deeds in a Naughty World

    Letters to the Editor

    In Memorium: Robert Sean Brazil, Verily Anderson Paget

    Top Ten Reasons Shakespeare Did Not Write Shakespeare
    Keir Cutler

    The Troublesome Raigne Of John, King of England: Shakespeare’s First Version of King John
    Ramon Jiménez

    A Matter of Pronunciation: Shakespeare, Oxford, and the Petty School
    Robin Fox

    The Fable of the Belly: A Reassessment of the Date of Composition of Coriolanus
    P.D. Mcintosh

    Titus Andronicus and the Treasonous House of Howard
    Marie Merkel

    Some Comments on Michael Egan’s ‘Slurs, Nasal Rhymes, and Amputations
    Macdonald P. Jackson

    Michael Egan Replies to Macdonald P. Jackson
    Michael Egan

    Doctor Faustus, Tamburlaine and The Taming of The Shrew
    Derran Charlton

    The Swallow and the Crow: The Case for Sackville as Shakespeare
    Sabrina Feldman

    The Shakespeare Clinic and the Oxfordians
    Ward E.Y. Elliott and Robert J. Valenza

    A Reply to Ward E.Y. Elliott and Robert J. Valenza
    John Shahan & Richard Whalen


    Volume 11 – October 2009 (includes 2008 issue)

    In Memorium: Katherine Ligon 1948-2009

    Editorial: Breaking the Log Jam

    Letters to the Editor

    Shakespeare Wrote Shakespeare
    David Kathman

    Why Marlow Didn’t Die in 1593
    Peter Farey

    The Case for Oxford Revisited
    Ramon Jiménez

    Amelia Bassano Lanier: A New Paradigm
    John Hudson

    The Other W.S., William Stanley, Sixth Earl of Derby
    John Raithel

    An Oxfordian Response
    Stephanie Hopkins Hughes

    And Also

    Shakespeare, Oxford, and the Grammar School Question
    Robin Fox

    Timon of Athens: Shakespeare’s Sophoclean Tragedy
    Earl Showerman

    Greene’s Groats-worth of Witte: Shakespere’s Biography?
    Frank Davis

    Slurs, Nasal Rhymes and Amputations: A Reply to MacDonald P. Jackson
    Michael Egan

    Auditing the Stylometricians: Elliott, Valenza and the Claremont Shakespeare Authorship Clinic
    John Shahan & Richard Whalen

    Book Reviews, Letters, News, Notices


    Volume 10 – October 2007

    Editorial
    Stephanie Hopkins Hughes

    The Spanish Maze and the Date of The Tempest
    Roger Stritmatter & Lyne Kositsky

    Could Shakespeare have Calculated the Odds in Hamlet’s Wager?
    Sam C. Saunders

    Did Samuel Rowley Write Thomas of Woodstock?
    Michael Egan

    “Look Down and See what Death is Doing”: Gods and Greeks in The Winter’s Tale
    Earl Showerman

    A Dozen Plays Written after Oxford Died? Not Proven!
    Richard F. Whalen

    Sacred Pearls in the Machinery of Hamlet
    Carl Caruso

    Did Oxford make his Publishing Debut in 1560 as “T.H.”?
    Robert Prechter

    The Woman’s Prize: A Sequel to Taming of the Shrew
    George Swan

    My Other Car is a Shakespeare: A Response to Shahan and Whalen
    Ward E.Y. Elliot & Robert Valenza

    Book Reviews, Letters, News, Notices


    Volume 9 – October 2006

    From Russia with Love: a Case of Love’s Labour’s Lost
    Rima Greenhill

    Oaths Forsworn in Love’s Labors Lost
    Ruth Loyd Miller

    De Vere’s Lucrece and Romano’s Sala di Troia
    Michael Delahoyde Ph.D.

    Dating Sonnet 107: Shakespeare and the “mortall Moone”
    Eric Miller

    On the Chronology and Performance Venue of A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    Roger Stritmatter, Ph.D.

    A Crisis of Scholarship: Misreading the Earl of Oxford
    Christoper Paul

    Apples to Oranges in Bard Stylometrics: Elliot and Valenza fail to eliminate Oxford
    John Shahan and Richard Whalen

    Authorship Clues in Henry VI, Part 3
    Eric L. Altschuler, MD & William James

    Book Reviews, Letters, News, Notices


    Volume 8 – October 2005

    The Stratford Bust: A monumental fraud
    Richard F. Whalen

    Shakespeare’s Sexuality and how it affects the Authorship Issue
    John Hamill

    Another Rare Dreame: Is this an “authentic” Oxford poem?
    W. Ron Hess

    Two Gentlement of Verona: Italian Literary Traditions and the Authorship debate
    Kevin Gilvary

    Hamlet’s Love Letter and the New Philosophy
    Peter Usher

    Searching for the Oxfordian “smoking gun” in Elizabethan Letters
    Paul H. Altrocchi MD

    Book Reviews, Letters, News Notes


    Volume 7 – October 2004

    A Monument Without a Tomb: The Mystery of Oxford’s Death
    Christopher Paul

    To Be or Not To Be: The Suicide Hypothesis
    Robert Detobel

    Orestes and Hamlet: from Myth to Masterpiece, Part 1
    Earl Showerman

    The True Tragedy of Richard the Third, Another Early History Play by Edward de Vere
    Ramon Jiménez

    Did Queen Elizabeth Use the Theater for Social and Political Propaganda?
    Gary B. Goldstein


    Volume 6 – October 2003

    Edmond Ironside, the English King: Edward de Vere’s Anglo-Saxon History Play
    Ramon L. Jiménez

    Shakespeare in Composition: Evidence for Oxford’s Authorship of The Book of Sir Thomas More
    Fran Gidley

    Shakespeare in Scotland: What did the author of Macbeth know and when did he know it?
    Richard F. Whalen

    No Spring till Now: The Countess of Pembroke and the John Webster Canon
    Stephanie Hughes

    Bardgate: Was Shakespeare a Secret Catholic?
    Peter W. Dickson

    The Proof is in the Pembroke: A Stylometric Comparison of the Works of Shakespeare with 12 Works by 8 Elizabethan Authors
    George Warren


    Volume 5 – October 2002

    Shakespeare’s “Lesse Greek”
    Andrew Werth

    Authorial Rights, Part II: Early Shakespeare Critics and the Authorship Question
    Robert Detobel

    The Prince Tudor Dilemma: Hip Thesis, Hypothesis or Old Wives’ Tale?
    Christopher Paul

    A Reattribution of Munday’s “The Paine of Pleasure”
    Sarah Smith, PhD

    The Paine of Pleasure Attributed to Anthony Munday
    Sarah Smith, PhD

    On Looking into Chapman’s Oxford: A Personality Profile of the Seventeenth Earl
    Richard F. Whalen

    Shakespeare’s Support for the New Astronomy
    Prof. Peter Usher

    Alexander Pope: An Oxfordian at Heart?
    Helen Gordon

    The Poem Grief of Minde: Who Wrote it and Why it is Important
    Frank M. Davis MD


    Volume 4 – October 2001

    Authorial Rights in Shakespeare’s Time
    Robert Detobel

    Advances in the Hamlet Allegory
    Stephanie Hopkins Hughes

    Shakespeare’s Knowledge of Law: A Journey through the History of the Argument
    Mark Andre Alexander

    We Must Speak by the Card or Equivocation will Undo Us: Oxford, Campion, and the Howard-Arundel Accusations of 1580-81
    Richard Desper

    Such Shaping Fantasies? Psychology and the Authorship Debate
    Sally Hazelton Llewellyn

    What is the Authorship Question?


    Volume 3 – October 2000

    “Shakespeare” and Burghley’s Library Bibliotheca Illustris: Sive Caelogus Variorum Librorum
    Eddi Jolly

    “Shakespeare’s” Tutor: Sir Thomas Smith (1513-1577)
    Stephanie Hopkins Hughes

    Shakespeare’s Medical Knowledge: How did He Acquire It?
    Frank M. Davis MD

    Who was Arthur Brooke: Author of The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliett?
    Nina Green

    Can the Oxford Candidacy be Saved? – A Response to W. Ron Hess: ‘Shakespeare’s Dates’”
    Ward E.Y. Elliott and Robert J. Valenza

    Reprint: Lord Burghley as Master of the Court of Wards”
    Joel Hurstfield


    Volume 2 – October 1999

    Prolegomena for the Oxfordian
    General Jack Shuttleworth

    Dating Shakespeare’s Hamlet
    Eddi Jolly

    Shakespeare’s Dates: Their Effects on Stylistic Analysis
    W. Ron Hess

    Secrets of the Dedications to Shakespeare’s Sonnets
    John Rollet

    Unpacking The Merry Wives
    Robert Brazil

    Mathematical Models of Stratfordian Persistence
    Dr. Charles Berney

    Opinion: Reading by the Lamp of Biography
    Andrew Werth


    Volume 1 – October 1998

    Editorial: To The Reader

    Who was Spenser’s E.K.? Was he the Seventeenth Earl of Oxford?
    Nina Green

    Shakespeare, Oxford and “A Pedlar”
    James Fitzgerald

    William Byrd’s “Battle” and the Earl of Oxford
    Sally Mosher

    De Vere’s Dedicatory Poem in Cardan’s Comfort (1573)
    Roger Stritmatter Ph.D.

    “He was a scholar and a ripe good one”: Oxford’s Education
    Mirrored in the Shakespeare Canon

    Daniel L. Wright

    Hotwiring the Bard into Cyberspace
    W. Ron Hess

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