We applaud the effort of Roland Emmerich in directing the film Anonymous and believe it will be very well received. Perhaps you found your way to this page after viewing the film and doing an internet search to locate more information on the intriguing issue of who was the true author of the Shakespeare Canon.
The Society is pleased to know that this stunningly visual and intellectually stimulating cinematic inquiry into the true identity of the writer William Shakespeare will now be more widely known.
The Society completely supports the conclusion that Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, was the man behind the pseudonym “William Shakespeare.” Of course Roland Emmerich and the screenwriter John Orloff took cinematic liberties with history in creating the film but that’s what storytellers do. Shakespeare did it, especially in his history plays.
Also, there are several theories that attempt to explain how and why the Shakespeare pseudonym came into being and Anonymous presents one of them. The Society encourages everyone to keep an open mind and to seek information on all aspects of the authorship issue. Unfortunately, there are far too many academics with a vested interested in the traditional explanination of authorship who will attempt to tell students and the public that there is no question of the plays being written by William of Stratford. The Society encourages everyone to do their own thinking on this very important issue.
Perhaps the best place to start for those new to the authorship question would be a scholarly article summarizing the case for Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, as the true Bard [CLICK HERE]. For those who want to start at the very beginning with a explanation of why there is an authorship question at all, this website presents a beginner’s guide [CLICK HERE]. Of particular interest in this guide is the honor roll of skeptics, a surprisingly long list of writers, actors, statesmen, professors, lawyers, and other intellectual luminaries who have looked at the evidence and detected a fraud in the traditional attribution of authorship to William of Stratford. Further information on the basics of the authorship questions can be found on the Society’s Frequently Asked Questions page [CLICK HERE]. Those who feel they are up to speed on the Oxfordian theory will want to explore cutting edge issues in the Shakespeare Oxford Newsletters [CLICK HERE]. Last but not least, the Society offers to its membership, both the latest newsletters and copies of the flagship journal of scholarly research, The Oxfordian, back issues of which are published on this website [CLICK HERE].
If you are an educator you may find useful two teachers’ guides published on the internet that show how Anonymous can be used to teach Shakespeare to high school [CLICK HERE] and college students [CLICK HERE]. The probability is high that the authorship issue will breathe new life into English classes and students will take an interest in the subject unlike anything since Shakespeare was elevated to the status of a national icon in 18th century Britain. Notice, there’s even a high school authorship essay contest with prize money [CLICK HERE]!
Welcome to the mystery.
The Board of Trustees of the Shakespeare Oxford Society