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Books & Journals - De Vere Society

Books & Journals

A list of recommended Oxfordian books by date of publication, and a list of selected journals


The Shakespeare Masterclasses

Edited by Ron Destro, founding director of the Shakespeare Oxford Company (NY and Oxford: Routledge, 2020)

The Case for Edward de Vere as the real William Shakespeare: A Challenge to Conventional Wisdom

by John Milnes Baker (iUniverse, 2020)


“Shakespeare” Revealed: The collected articles and published
letters of J. Thomas Looney

by J. Thomas Looney (author) and James A. Warren (editor) (Veritas Publications, 2019)

A Question of Will

by Lynne Kositsky (Roussan Publishers, 2001; republished by the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship, 2019)

Shakespeare Identified

by J. Thomas Looney
Centenary Edition edited by James A. Warren (Veritas Publications, 2019)

Early Shakespeare Authorship Doubts

by Bryan H. Wildenthal (Zindabad Press, 2019)

Nothing Truer Than Truth: Being the life and times of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, sometime known as William Shakespeare

Play by Darrol Blake (Riverside Press, 2019)

Francis Bacon’s Contribution to Shakespeare

by Barry R. Clarke and Mark Rylance (Routledge Studies in Shakespeare Book 35, 2019)​


Shakespeare’s Apprenticeship

by Ramon Jiménez (McFarland, 2018)​

The Fictional Lives of Shakespeare

by Kevin Gilvary (Routledge Studies in Shakespeare, 2018)

Necessary Mischief: Exploring the Shakespeare Authorship Question

by Bonner Miller Cutting (Jennings, Louisiana: Minos Publishing, 2018)

The Rational Shakespeare: Peter Ramus, Edward de Vere, and the Question of Authorship

by Michael Wainwright (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)

Hamlet’s Elsinore Revisited

by Sten F. Vedi and Gerold Wagner (Neues Shake-speare Journal, Special issue Book 7, 2018)

Shakespeare’s Secrets

Novel by Aaron Tatum (DVS member, independently published, 2018)

My Shakespeare: The Authorship Controversy

Edited by William Leahy (Edward Everett Root, 2018)
Experts examine the arguments for alternative candidates, with an essay on Edward de Vere by Alexander Waugh.


An Index to Oxfordian Publications – 4th Edition – 2017

by James A. Warren

The Shakespeare Authorship Mystery Explained

by Geoffrey Eyre (2017)

Shakespeare’s Wilderness

by David Rains Wallace (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2017)


Contested Year: Errors, Omissions and Unsupported Statements in James Shapiro’s “The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606”

by Mark Anderson (Editor), Alexander Waugh (Editor, Foreword), Alex McNeil (Editor)
Contested Year is an anthology of critical reviews of James Shapiro’s book The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606. It is also a side-by-side companion meant to be read and consulted as a supplement to The Year of Lear. Available on Kindle.

100 Reasons Shakespeare was the Earl of Oxford

by Hank Whittemore (Forever Press, 2016)​

Reflections on the True Shakespeare

by Gary Goldstein (Verlag Uwe Laugwitz, 2016)

Shakespeare Suppressed

by Katherine Chiljan (Faire Editions, 2016)​

Shakespeare Unravelled - Court plays: the 1623 deception

by Michael and Pauline Black (Pauline & Michael Black, 2016)


The Marginalia of Edward de Vere’s Geneva Bible

by Dr. Roger A. Stritmatter (CreateSpace, 2015)​

The Media Players: Shakespeare, Middleton, Jonson, and The idea of News

by Stephen Wittek (University of Michigan Press, 2015)​

Shakespeare in Court

by Alexander Waugh (2015)

The Case for Edward de Vere as Shakespeare

by Geoffrey Eyre (2015)


The First Two Quartos of Hamlet

by Margrethe Jolly (McFarland & Co., 2014)​

Shakespeare’s Dark Lady: Amelia Bassano Lanier: The Woman Behind Shakespeare’s Plays?

by John Hudson (Amberley Publishing, 2014)


Shakespeare Beyond Doubt? Exposing an Industry in Denial

by John M. Shahan, Alexander Waugh (Eds.) for the Shakespeare Authorship Coalition (2013)


Shakespeare’s Unorthodox Biography (2nd Edition)

by Diana Price (Greenwood Press, 2012)​

The Marlowe Papers

by Ros Barber (Sceptre, 2012)
A highly acclaimed novel in verse that won the Desmond Elliott Prize for Debut Fiction in June 2013.

The Watchers: A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I

by Stephen Alford (Allen Lane, 2012)
The religious, political and spy network context against which Shakespeare’s plays were written. No direct mention of Edward de Vere, but it does cover the spying activities of Anthony Munday, Charles Arundel and Henry Howard, and mentions Christopher Marlowe.


Shakespeare’s Lost Kingdom: The True History of Shakespeare and Elizabeth

by Charles Beauclerk (Greenwood Press, 2012)​

The Shakespeare Guide to Italy

by Richard Roe (Harper Collins, 2011)​

The Man Who Was Never Shakespeare

by Tony Pointon (2011)

The Earl of Oxford and the Making of “shakespeare”: The Literary Life of Edward de Vere in Context

by Richard Malim (2011)
This book fills a gap caused by the failure to recognize De Vere as a primary contributor to the history and development of English literature: the consensus is that, although there were stirrings in the literary scene, there was very little real development until the advent of Sidney, Marlowe, Greene and Peele in the mid-1580s. Then a few years later, out of the blue, along comes Shakespeare.

 on content, text, etc. including items in the Addenda and Corrigenda may be sent to Richard Malim.
Other reviews may be found on Amazon.com [Richard Malim] or Amazon.co.uk [Richard Malim]

The Shakespeare File

Kindle edition novel by Simon Fry (DVS member, Imprimata, 2011)​


Dating Shakespeare’s Plays

Edited by Kevin Gilvary (Parapress, 2010)
Also see the Dating Shakespeare’s Plays website (The Online Treasury of Contemporary Evidence for Dating Each of Shakespeare’s Plays) which reviews not only the evidence for dating every play but also every argument used in support of a preferred date.


The Lame Storyteller, Poor and Despised

by Peter Moore (Verlag Uwe Laugwitz, 2009)
See review under ‘Reviews 2010’.

The Muse as Therapist: A New Poetic Paradigm for Psychotherapy

by Heward Wilkinson (Karnak Books, 2009 | Routledge, 2018)
Chapter 4 is entitled: Reality, Existence and the Shakespeare Authorship Question. A treatment of the SAQ, which is derived from a psycho-therapeutic-literary understanding of what we can reveal about the author and his dilemma from analysis of the work.


‘Shakespeare’ by Another Name

by Mark Anderson (Gotham, 2005)​


Great Oxford: Essays on the Life and Work of Edward de Vere

Edited by R. Malim | E. Imlay | K. Gilvary | E. Jolly (Parapress, 2004)


Who Wrote Shakespeare?

by John Michell (London, Thames and Hudson, 1999)


Alias Shakespeare: Solving the Greatest Literary Mystery of All Time

by Joseph Sobran (New York: The Free Press, 1997)


The Lost Chronicle of Edward de Vere

Novel by Andrew Field (Viking, 1990 | Penguin Books, 1991)​


The Mysterious William Shakespeare

by Charlton Ogburn (New York: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1984). A book frequently said by members to have been their introduction to Edward de Vere as Shakespeare.


The Seventeenth Earl of Oxford (1550-1604) from Contemporary Documents

by Captain B. M. Ward (John Murray, London, 1928)
Available online at the Internet Archive.


“Shakespeare” Identified in Edward de Vere the 17th Earl of Oxford

by J. Thomas Looney (Cecil Palmer, 1920)
Classic Reprint edition by Forgotten Books (2018) available here. Original archive version (1920) available here.


Is Shakespeare Dead?

by Mark Twain. Reissued in 2009 by Kissinger Legacy Reprints.
Original archive version available here.


Brief Chronicles

Brief Chronicles is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary academic journal dedicated to examining the Shakespeare authorship question and, more generally, topics in early modern authorship studies.

The Elizabethan Review

A literary, historical journal (ISSN 1066-7059); was published from 1993 to 1999 in 13 semi-annual issues totalling 930 pages (also available on CD in searchable PDF format).

The Oxfordian

Annual journal published by the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship. Current editor: Gary Goldstein.