"Nevertheless, by attempting to weave the fancies of the Oxfordians into a coherent narrative, “Anonymous” does highlight the over-the-top melodrama inherent in anti-Stratfordianism itself. The Earl must keep his authorship of the plays concealed because they are too politically provocative, yet the man commonly thought to have written them (a drunken, whoring, unlettered actor named Will Shakespeare) suffers no political repercussions. Oxford must keep it secret because writing poetry is a scandalous practice that is somehow causing him to go broke (which would have been news to Sir Philip Sidney, Sir Walter Raleigh and Edmund Spenser — or the actual Earl of Oxford, who did in fact publish poetry under his own name)."
I’m finally getting some time to play catchup, and post about things I should have mentioned while I was away in September.
The Shakespeare Blog is run by Sylvia Morris who in the past worked professionally at the Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive. Unfortunately I didn’t get the chance to catchup with Sylvia in person at the Cambridge Shakespeare conference in September. Nevertheless, her blog is a really great read and I highly recommend that you check it out.
Sony is distributing a study guide? So much for it being “just a movie.” Love how eloquent Emmerich comes across in this review (and in general. see also: 60 minutes with Shakespeare). If anyone who follows this blog actually goes and sees Anonymous and wants to contribute a review, contact me.
Former NYPL Cullman Center fellow and Shakespeare expert James Shapiro shares his thoughts - via the New York Times - on “Anonymous,” a film that asserts Edward de Vere was the true author of Shakespeare’s plays. Join us November 16, when he and Alphabetter Juice author Roy Blount Jr. discuss the topic of language.
"Director Trevor Nunn believes Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare’s plays. Actor Mark Rylance thinks there are other candidates – and appears in an upcoming film, Anonymous, that makes the case for one of them.”
I find the comments on these kinds of stories are always more interesting.