“'Shakespeare' by Another Name is a wake-up call. The wealth of new and revelatory corroborative evidence in this biography fleshes out Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, as the man behind the plays of Shakespeare, and as the story unfolds the background to some of Shakespeare’s most important plays springs into life. Mark Anderson’s book will be a galvanizing force for actors and theatre people with its richly nourishing and illuminating information. No biography of the Stratford man is as persuasive.”
—Kristin Linklater, Professor of Theatre Arts,
“The controversy over who wrote Shakespeare's works has reached a turning point of sorts.
A new biography of the Earl of Oxford [“Shakespeare” By Another Name]
improves on the unorthodox argument that he was
Shakespeare, while fantasy has now been firmly established as a primary tool of other,
more traditional Shakespeare studies. ...
—The New York Times
“Makes a convincing argument that the brilliant, rather tormented Edward de Vere,
the Earl of Oxford—not Shakespeare—was the dramatist who wrote so brilliantly
about the world, history, Italy, and men and women of power.
Anderson draws powerful connections between Shakespeare's plays and the life of de Vere. ...
“Tantalizing parallels between the plays and Oxford's life certainly exist. ... Anderson has a knack for finding fishy aspects of the traditional view that Shakespeare was Shakespeare.”
—The New York Sun
“Makes a compelling case... Anderson's demonstration of how de Vere's life matches the characters and circumstances found in the plays attributed to Shakespeare is especially impressive.”
—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“This book, with fascinating specificity, suits 'the action to the word, the word to the action.' Innumerable instances of de Vere's experiences, his relationships, his travels, and his unusual circumstances find expression in his plays and poems. 'Shakespeare' By Another Name is one of the very best whodunnits you will ever read.”
—Sir Derek Jacobi, actor (from his foreword)
“Author Mark Anderson wasn't the first
to put forth the idea that Edward de
Vere, 17th earl of Oxford, was the true bard, but he spent 10 years
researching the theory and has come up with quite a compelling argument to
support it. ...
—The Chicago Sun-Times
“The battle is won. In page after page, Anderson shows how characters and story lines in virtually every Shakespeare play reflect people, places, and incidents in de Vere's life.”
“Prepare to have the earth move under your feet.”
“Without exaggeration, this is the most important Shakespeare biography of the past 400 years. Mark Anderson brings Shakespeare out of biographical limbo and, in fully documented and convincing detail, shows who he was, how he fit into his time, and how he became the genius of our culture. This will be a hotly debated book, and doubtless no one will agree with all its conclusions; but anyone who claims to have a serious interest in Shakespeare must read Mark Anderson.”
“A remarkable new book—one that will delight the initiated and intrigue those coming new to the Authorship Question!”
—Michael York, actor;
“An extremely well written piece of prose... and a rewarding exploration that serves to add ever more depth to our experience of the [Shakespeare] plays.”
“A fascinating, meticulously-researched book.”
—Somerville Journal (Somerville, Mass.)
“A model of in-depth research, closely reasoned argument, and fine writing. I wish I had written it, and that's the highest compliment I can pay to�any author.”
—Don Ostrowski, lecturer in European History, Harvard University
“Even the staunchest anti-de Vere partisan will profit from hearing Mark Anderson.”
“Brick by brick, over the course of 380 pages, not to mention 30 pages of
appendices and 145 pages of endnotes, Anderson builds an overwhelming
circumstantial case for the Oxfordian position. As he admits, there is no smoking gun,
no single piece of evidence that provides absolute proof—but the sum total of the
evidence he submits ought to be dispositive to any open-minded reader.
Mark Anderson's 'Shakespeare' by Another Name is the best book that I've read in years.
It was fascinating. I left it on the passenger seat of my car, open, so I could read it
at red lights. The designation of "Red Light Book" is my highest honor for a book. ...
Anderson has achieved the seemingly impossible, weaving together the frayed ends of this
mystery into a shining new tapestry to delight our eyes. ...