Monstrous Adversary: The Life of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford

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Liverpool University Press, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 527 pages
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The Elizabethan Court poet Edward de Vere has, since 1920, lived a notorious second, wholly illegitimate life as the putative author of the poems and plays of William Shakespeare. The work reconstructs Oxford’s life, assesses his poetic works, and demonstrates the absurdity of attributing Shakespeare’s works to him. The first documentary biography of Oxford in over seventy years, Monstrous Adversary seeks to measure the real Oxford against the myth. Impeccably researched and presenting many documents written by Oxford himself, Nelson’s book provides a unique insight into Elizabethan society and manners through the eyes of a man whose life was privately scandalous and richly documented.

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Don't let Nelson bluff you-and he really does try to do just that! This review is a good place to start checking him out. On a very rapid first perusal,I found some twenty equally appalling examples. Read full review


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Alan H. Nelson is Professor Emeritus in the Department of English at the University of California, Berkeley.

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