The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0043 Monday, 14 February 2011
Date: Monday, February 14, 2011
Subject: Recommendations for Reading List
I have been asked to participate in a project defending the self-evident proposition that William
Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon wrote the poems and wrote or co-wrote the plays that have
traditionally been attributed to him. I am, of course, speaking of the WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, who was
educated at what is now the King Edward VI School of Stratford-upon-Avon, receiving there an education
that today would be the equivalent of a degree in the classics at Oxford or Cambridge, and who then
became an actor and playwright on the stages of Elizabethan and Jacobean London.
I am compiling a Selected Reading list and am interested in what works, websites, online discussions, and
the like that members of this list would recommend be included for such a defense.
My interest is ONLY in selections that support this proposition and NOT is any anti-Stratfordian
Please avoid any messages accusing me of not being open-minded or of stifling free speech or similar e-
mails. Further, there is no need to accuse me of depriving my students of hearing the "other side" since
I am retired, and as much as I would like to teach a course or two here or there I have not as yet been
asked to do so. Believe me, I have received my share of these in the seventeen years since I stopped
posting so-called "Authorship Question" topics on SHAKSPER and am not in the least inclined to read any
more, and any that I receive will be summarily deleted without reply.
Hardy M. Cook, Ph.D.
Bowie State University and
Editor of SHAKSPER
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