Fall 1996/Winter 1997
Edward de Vere’s Geneva Bible: The continuing research into de Vere’s Geneva Bible is updated with a report from the Society’s 20th Annual Conference in October 1996, and a reprint of Roger Stritmatter’s review of Prof. Naseeb Shaheen’s 1993 Biblical References in Shakespeare’s Comedies, a study of Shakespeare’s use of the bible in his comedies.
Roger Stritmatter and Mark Anderson presented an update on their research into Edward de Vere’s Geneva Bible and what it means for both Shakespeare studies in general and for the authorship debate.
This review (by Roger Stritmatter) of Prof. Shaheen’s 1993 book was first published in The Elizabethan Review. Stritmatter uses his continuing research into Edward de Vere’s bible for reference points in reviewing and commenting on Shaheen’s latest work.
This paper by Oxfordian researcher Peter Moore was presented at the Society’s 20th Annual Conference in Minneapolis last October, 1996. Moore reviews the state of the debate in the 1990′s, with advice for Oxfordians on how to debate the issue more effectively, and questions for Stratfordians on some of the many unaddressed weaknesses in the Stratford story, such as the strange case of which came first — Shakespeare’s King John or the anonymous 1591 The Troublesome Reign of King John.
Author and journalist Joseph Sobran examines this distinct anonymous sonnet from 1591 for its “Shakespearean” qualities (qualities which other orthodox scholars have also noted), and concludes that, if it is by Shakespeare, it poses a serious problem for the Stratford attribution of the Shakespeare authorship.