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The Mysterious William Shakespeare (1988 Abridged Edition Paperback)


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Acceptable good reading condition used Paperback.

1988 Abridged Edition published by Cardinal, UK.
Author: Charlton Ogburn. Edited by Lord Vere.
ISBN: 0747402558. ISBN: 9780747402558.
Approx dims: 200mm h x 130mm w x 50mm d.

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The Mysterious William Shakespeare: An Abridgment of the Original American Edition

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Acceptable good reading condition used Paperback.

1988 Abridged Edition published by Cardinal Books, London.
Author: Charlton Ogburn. Edited by Lord Vere.
ISBN: 0747402558. ISBN: 9780747402558.
Approx dims: 200mm h x 130mm w x 50mm d.

Intact clean, slightly sunned condition pictorial covers with a 1 cm tear to top back cover and some rubbing and signs of handling. Intact spine. 779 clean tanned pages of English text with some b&w illustrations and tables, no inscriptions. Page ends tanned. Image shown is actual book for sale.

Synopsis of The Mysterious William Shakespeare:

An abridgment of the original American edition”. Foreword is by Lord Vere, descendant of Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford, whom Ogburn contends is the true author of the Shakespeare plays.

William Shakespeare was a pseudonym used by Edward de Vere, the 17th earl of oxford. This theory dates first from the 1920’s and has been accepted by Galsworthy, Freud, Henry James, Hugh Trevor-roper, Ech Powell, and many others. The first part of the book shows how Shakespeare couldn’t have been the man born in Stratford (at his death one claimed to have known him, tributes were paid, he was uneducated, left books …).

The second part of the book reconstructs in fascinating detail the life of Edward de Vere. Even if you dismiss the theory one cant fail to be captivated by this account of the life on one of the most interesting Elizabethans, whom history seems to have overlooked. The third part of the book uses the works of Shakespeare as a source of evidence to confirm de Vere as the author.