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Emmet Sweeney is convinced that Francis Bacon wrote Shakespeare's plays. Here's an example of his reasoning, or if not his stuff that he finds reasonable. This scares me a little, because Sweeney is also interested in Velikovsky.
The Bacon family anecdote in Merry Wives of Windsor
by Emmet Sweeney
Here a clear reference to a Bacon family anecdote about Sir Nicholas, Francis' father, recounted in his book of jests, the Apophthegms (published 1625), is found in Merry Wives of Windsor. Of course, it's possible the author of the plays heard this one in a tavern. Or Francis Bacon inserted it as a signature.
By these standards of proof (and there are pages of this kind of thing) I could prove that I authored Shakespeare's plays after I invent a time machine in the future. :'D Hey, don't laugh -- my future self visited yesterday and TOLD me this was going to happen.
William Shakespeare: Life of Drama William Shakespeare:
Life of Drama

A&E Biography

Playing with Fire Playing with Fire
the Folger Consort
I wish the Shakespeare bio video were on DVD. In fact, I wonder why A&E hasn't done that. I'm guessing that Shakespeare's family tree, his will, the marks his house made on the house nextdoor, his grave, and the graves of his immediate family were all hoaxed, or at least chosen at random in order to cover the tracks of the guy who really wrote the plays. ;')
Shakespeare and suicide bombers [To barf or not to barf. That is the ...] ^
  Posted by aculeus
On News/Activism ^ 03/01/2004 5:42:43 PM PST · 7 replies · 7+ views

Electronic Telegraph | 01/03/2004 | Peter Culshaw
Hamlet must be the best known play in the world. We've had a sci-fi Hamlet, a reggae Hamlet; there has doubtless been a naturist Hamlet. But what we haven't had, as far as I'm aware, is an Arabic Hamlet. Until now. The idea may seem strange, but then other cultures are often in a better position to interpret Shakespeare, because in terms of social structure their societies are often closer to the Shakespearean world than our own. Gregori Kozintsev's Russian version of King Lear, for example, with its brooding landscapes and music by Shostakovitch, is ñ for my money ñ...

Farewell Mapplethorpe, Hello Shakespeare (Roger Kimball on NEA, the W. way)  ^
  Posted by NutCrackerBoy
On News/Activism ^ 01/29/2004 10:37:21 AM PST · 99 replies · 13+ views

National Review Online | January 29, 2004 | Roger Kimball
Farewell Mapplethorpe, Hello Shakespeare The NEA, the W. way. By Roger Kimball Under normal circumstances, the White House announcement that the president was seeking a big budget increase for the National Endowment for the Arts might have been grounds for dismay. Pronounce the acronym "NEA," and most people think Robert Mapplethorpe, photographs of crucifixes floating in urine, and performance artists prancing about naked, smeared with chocolate, and skirling about the evils of patriarchy. Thanks, but no thanks. But things have changed, and changed for the better at the NEA. The reason can be summed up in two trochees: Dana Gioia,...

Church where Shakespeare is buried beneath under threat ^
  Posted by freedom44
On News/Activism ^ 01/03/2004 7:35:22 PM PST · 13 replies · 5+ views

ChannelNewsAsia | 1/3/04 | ChannelNewsAsia
Stratford-upon-Avon, England : The church where England's most celebrated playwright William Shakespeare was baptised and buried is being eaten away by dry rot and an infestation of death watch beetles. Repairs to the crumbling parapet outside the 800-year-old church in Stratford-upon-Avon are almost complete. But other vital restoration work is still ongoing. And it's feared there won't be enough money to finish the job. The cost of restoration is expected to hit the 150,000-pound mark (US$250,000) -50 percent higher than estimated. But friends of the church say falling visitor numbers are making it difficult to raise the funds. Church Trustees...

At Least Shakespeare's Tyrants Went Down Fighting ^
  Posted by quidnunc
On News/Activism ^ 12/18/2003 10:37:21 AM PST · 9 replies · 4+ views

The Toronto Sun | December 18, 2003 | Salim Mansur
The words of Maj.-Gen. Raymond T. Odierno of the U.S. 4th Infantry Division may well be the final epitaph for Saddam Hussein. The general said, "He was just caught like a rat." This is what tyrants are: despicable, petty human beings. And when denuded of the ill-gotten power with which they terrorize the weak, the innocent and the defenceless, they are unmasked as slinking cowards. As Saddam's dreadful image filled our television screens, I reached for my copy of the complete works of Shakespeare. It is instinctive to seek the Bard's advice, comfort, insight or wisdom on any situation, for...

Shakespeare Isn't P.C. (Thought Police Rewrite Textbooks)  ^
  Posted by yankeedame
On News/Activism ^ 08/19/2003 9:20:49 AM PDT · 28 replies · 18+ views

NewMax.Com | Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003 | staff writer
How the Thought Police Rewrite Textbooks and America's History Wires Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003 MIAMI ñ Diane Ravitch hammers away and hammers away, and even a reader going into her book with a healthy dose of skepticism comes away with the conviction that the "language police" must be fired. It's hard to believe when she says guidelines by the Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley textbook publishers demand that people "over the age of 65 must be fully represented in text and illustrations; there must be a larger number of older women than older men, because 55 percent of older persons are...

Yellow books should be for phone numbers (Shakespeare Needs No Dumbing Down) ^
  Posted by presidio9
On News/Activism ^ 06/10/2003 7:52:12 AM PDT · 6 replies · 2+ views

The Sydney Morning Herald | June 11 2003 | Matthew Gibbs
There's something rotten in the state of publishing. I've been a long-time admirer of the cheeky yellow self-help books for Dummies. From investing to home brewing, they offer the challenged reader guidance on mastering life's complexities. But now they've gone too far - Shakespeare for Dummies. This way madness lies. What's dumb is thinking that Shakespeare needs to be dumbed down, as if the unadulterated Bard is too hard . advertisement advertisement If Shakespeare's words and expressions need simplifying, why is our own everyday language crammed with them? For evidence, look no further than the pages of newspapers - and...

Anthropologist says Shakespeare might have smoked marijuana ^
  Posted by MikalM
On News/Activism ^ 05/13/2003 9:06:56 PM PDT · 26 replies · 7+ views

Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune | 5/4/03 | Peg Meier
<p>To toke or not to toke? That is one question.</p> <p>Several 17th-century clay pipes found at the site of William Shakespeare's home were used to smoke marijuana, a South African anthropologist says. Although he has no proof that the Bard was the guy who smoked the pipes, he surmises that some of Shakespeare's sonnets and plays also lend credence to the possibility that the writer smoked marijuana for inspiration.</p>

Why Shakespeare Is For All Time ^
  Posted by Hobsonphile
On News/Activism ^ 01/14/2003 8:28:22 PM PST · 4 replies · 12+ views

City Journal | Winter, 2003 | Theodore Dalrymple
A decade ago, the psychiatrist Peter Kramer published a book called Listening to Prozac, which claimed that our understanding of neurochemistry was so advanced that we would soon be able to design- and no doubt to vary- our personalities according to our tastes. Henceforth there would be no more angst. He based his prediction upon the case histories of people given the supposed wonder drug who not merely recovered from depression but emerged with new, improved personalities. Yet the prescription of the drug (and others like it) to millions of people has not noticeably reduced the sum total of human...

A Scholar Recants on His 'Shakespeare' Discovery ^
  Posted by a-whole-nother-box-of-pandoras
On News/Activism ^ 06/25/2002 11:53:32 AM PDT · 15 replies · 6+ views

NY Times | June 20, 2002 | William S. Niederkorn
June 20, 2002 A Scholar Recants on His 'Shakespeare' Discovery By WILLIAM S. NIEDERKORN n 1995 Donald Foster, a professor of English at Vassar College, made a startling case for Shakespeare's being the author of an obscure 578-line poem called "A Funeral Elegy." After a front-page article about his methods of computer analysis in The New York Times -- and after his reputation was further burnished by unmasking Joe Klein as the author of "Primary Colors" -- the poem was added to three major editions of Shakespeare's works. Now, in a stunning development that has set the world of Shakespeare...

Odd Portrait Has Many Guessing Shakespeare Was Gay ^
  Posted by socal_parrot
On General/Chat ^ 04/23/2002 10:14:28 AM PDT · 15 replies · 24+ views

Yahoo! News | 4/23/02 | Mike Collett-White
By Mike Collett-White LONDON (Reuters) - A 400-year-old painting previously believed to be that of a woman has been found to portray the male patron and friend of William Shakespeare, its owner said on Tuesday. The picture of the Earl of Southampton, featuring a figure with long, black curly hair, pursed red lips, an earring and a slender right hand, has prompted speculation in British media that Shakespeare was gay. "He is wearing perfectly fashionable male attire of the day, but the earring and the hair are effeminate and unusual for the 1590s," the painting's owner Alec Cobbe told Reuters....

SHAKES-QUEER? New Evidence Emerges to Prove William Shakespeare may be Gay ^
  Posted by codebreaker
On News/Activism ^ 04/21/2002 4:57:32 PM PDT · 102 replies · 26+ views

Ananova Breaking News Wire and the London Daily Sun | Monday, April 22, 2002 00:14 GMT | What Tomorrow's Newspapers Say Staff
Ananova Breaking Wire-What the Papers Say-The London Daily SunSHAKESQUEERMe thinks new evidence has emerged that doth suggest William Shakespeare might have been gay.I RULETony Blair delivered an astonishing slapdown to Gordon Brown yesterday by stressing that Britain had elected him to run the country not the chancellorStory Filed: 00:14 Monday, April 22, 2002 Greenwich Mean Time

66 posted on 08/21/2004 8:29:34 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Unlike some people, I have a profile. Okay, maybe it's a little large...)
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I read this, and highly recommend it. A second title, which I plan to resume reading this week (the library due date approaches) is "Shakespeare the Thinker" and is perhaps a bit dry. It has the interesting fact that, when Shakespeare was a boy, a slightly older girl with the last name Hamlett slipped into the Avon river and drowned. And around that same time a possibly unrelated John Shakespeare hanged himself in a nearby, uh, hamlet. Suck on that, Oxfordians and Baconians! ;')
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Last night I found a reference to the online version of the above while reading the early pages of the title below. Author Wells mentioned in particular the free content.

Shakespeare and Co.: Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Dekker, Ben Jonson, Thomas Middleton, John Fletcher and the Other Players in His Story Shakespeare and Co.:
Christopher Marlowe,
Thomas Dekker,
Ben Jonson,
Thomas Middleton,
John Fletcher and the
Other Players in His Story

by Stanley Wells

151 posted on 03/24/2008 9:19:52 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ( updated Saturday, March 1, 2008)
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