Readers of The Oxfordian — the Shakespeare Oxford Society’s annual scholarly journal — have been privy over the years to a fascinating debate between Ward Elliott and Robert Valenza on the one hand and John Shahan and Richard Whalen on the other. In several articles published in The Oxfordian, Elliott and Valenza have made the argument that their stylometric analysis effectively eliminates Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, as a viable authorship candidate of the works of William Shakespeare. In response, Shahan and Whalen have mounted a vigorous critique of what they assert are exaggerated claims made by Elliott and Valenza. The Shakespeare Oxford Society is delighted to bring this important exchange to a wider online audience by posting three of the most recent articles in this debate to the SOS website.
Here, then, are the links to these three, newly posted articles. Enjoy!
From The Oxfordian (Vol. 12) 2010
Ward E.Y. Elliott and Robert J. Valenza
John Shahan & Richard Whalen
From The Oxfordian (Vol. 11) 2009
And here is the link to the page on the SOS website where many articles published in The Oxfordian over the years are available for readers to download and enjoy free of charge. Simply click on this link and then scroll down the page. You’ll find a treasure trove of intriguing articles about the Shakespeare authorship issue generally and the case for Oxford’s authorship of the Shakespeare canon in particular. On the subject of stylometrics, I would also call your attention to the following, previously posted article by Shahan and Whalen.
From The Oxfordian (Vol. 9) 2006
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