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.
Biographies of me:
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
· one downloadable copy currently 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.
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 LibraryI 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 this as well.
It will only set you back 99p/99¢.
VERO NIHIL VERIUS