Learned Books

Yea the illiterate, that know not how
To cipher what is writ in learned books

The Rape of Lucrece, lines 861-62

Not everyone owns books. I won’t mention any names. I have a library full of them. Here are some that I think worthy of mention. No particular order.

Shakespeare and Authorship:

Dating Shakespeare’s Plays: A Critical Review of the Evidence
· Edited by Kevin Gilvary
· Parapress, 2010, paperback, 520 pages

Monty Python, Shakespeare, and English Renaissance Drama
by Darl Larsen
· McFarland & Co, 2003, paperback, 243 pages

· Python is the second-best thing that England has ever produced.

The Oxfordian (annual journal)
· by The Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship (@ShakeOxFellows)
· various contributors

Biographies of me:

“Shakespeare” By Another Name
· by Mark Anderson (@markawriter)
· Gotham Books/Penguin Group USA, 2005 (hardback), 640 pages
· also paperback, audiobook, and ebook formats

This Star of England“William Shake-speare” Man of the Renaissance
· by Dorothy and Charlton (Sr) Ogburn
· Coward-McCann, 1952 (hardback), 1297 pages

· used copies at the usual suspects, varying condition and prices
· Online-readable at the HathiTrust Digital Library [hathitrust.org]. Single-page PDFs downloadable, whole-book PDF requires login.
· First 50 chapters transcribed at sourcetext.com/this-star-of-england/, with the remainder as raw page scans in downloadable chapter PDFs (presumably an unfinished project to transcribe the whole book).

The Seventeenth Earl of Oxford, 1550–1604
· by Bernard M Ward
· John Murray, London, 1928 (hardback), 408 pages

· used 1928 copies or 1979 reprints are hard to find, and expensive if you do
· a downloadable copy is at the Internet Archive

For more details about the Ward biography, as well as J Thomas Looney’s “Shakespeare” identified in Edward de Vere, the Seventeenth Earl of Oxford – the book published in 1920 that re-opened the door to my existence as the Author – please see my post Oh Put Me In Thy Bookes.


The Life and Death of King Edward (Amazon UK | US)
· by Joshua Gray (@joshuagraypoet)
· Forever Press, April 2017, paperback, 134 pages
· My comments: Book Review: Strong Stuff (28 Sept 2017)


The Lost Scrapbook / The Easy Chain / Flee
· by Evan Dara
· Aurora, 1995/2008/2013, paperbacks, 476/502/239 pages

License to Quill
· by Jacopo della Quercia (@Jacopo_della_Q)
· St. Martin’s Griffin, December 2015, paperback, 384 pages
· I take issue with his premise, but it’s a good yarn.

Cow Country
· by Adrian Jones Pearson
· Cow Eye Press, April 2015, hardback, 540 pages
· also paperback, audiobook, and ebook formats

A Confederacy of Dunces
· by John Kennedy Toole
· Louisiana State University Press, 1980 (written in 1963)
· numerous reprint editions and formats available at the usual sources
· Ignatius J Reilly is the nearest thing I’ve seen to a modern Falstaff.


Absent from my desk, not by my choice:

My Bible – It belongs to me. I want it back.
· printed by John Crispin, Geneva
· MDLXX (1570)
· immured at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC, USA

photos courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare LibraryEO-bible-revelation-14-13-738x719I underlined Revelation 14:13 for a reason.

Absent on principle:

A work of delusion imagination with a numerical title, two years after I died. When I’m in the mood for fiction I’ll read Dara, or Dr Seuss – their books are much more entertaining, and properly classified.

If you must go look it up, then please read the following as well.

UK Amazon link: Contested Year: Errors, Omissions and Unsupported Statements in James Shapiro’s “1606: William Shakespeare and the Year of Lear”

US Amazon link: Contested Year: Errors, Omissions and Unsupported Statements in James Shapiro’s “The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606”

Edited by Mark Anderson, Alexander Waugh, and Alex McNeil
Amazon Kindle edition, 2016, 136 (print) pages

It will only set you back 99p/99¢.