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

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


The Life and Death of King Edward (Amazon UK | US)
by Joshua Gray (@joshuagraypoet)
Forever Press, April 2017, paperback, 134 pages
I’m going to review this in a blog post, as soon as I have the chance.


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 still a good yarn.

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


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 JdQ – their books are much more entertaining, and properly classified.

If you must go look it up, then please read this 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¢.