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The Shakespeare Underground is a podcast series that examines the works and life of William Shakespeare, and explores why there has been doubt about the authorship of the plays, Sonnets, and other poems.

Jennifer Newton
producer, host
jennifer-at-theshakespeareunderground.com
Curated by Kevin Nordmann
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Science weighs in on the Shakespeare authorship question

Science weighs in on the Shakespeare authorship question | Shakespeare Authorship | Scoop.it
Francis Bacon ranked amongst the preeminent minds of his time: an ardent empiricist, a noted jurist and the author of such literary oeuvres as “Romeo and Juliet” and “The Taming of
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"A relatively small, yet singularly vocal faction of scholars and authors who believe that William Shakespeare — that uneducated small-town cipher who struggled to sign his name consistently — couldn’t have been responsible for some of the English language’s most incisive and evocative passages.
 Stanford professor emeritus of applied physics Peter Sturrock has decided to lend some scientific credence to the debate in the form of his new book, “AKA Shakespeare: A Scientific Approach to the Authorship Question."

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Penmanship of the XVI, XVII & XVIIIth centuries : a series of typical examples from English and foreign writing books : Day, Lewis Foreman, 1845-1910 : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

Penmanship of the XVI, XVII & XVIIIth centuries : a series of typical examples from English and foreign writing books : Day, Lewis Foreman, 1845-1910 : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive | Shakespeare Authorship | Scoop.it
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Perhaps the way Shakespeare was meant to be read.

Beautiful examples of script from the 16th, 17th and 18th century. 

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Poet Ape, A Plagiarist Among the Playwrights: Episode 6 with Sabrina Feldman | The Shakespeare Underground

Poet Ape, A Plagiarist Among the Playwrights: Episode 6 with Sabrina Feldman | The Shakespeare Underground | Shakespeare Authorship | Scoop.it
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Ben Jonson and other writers of Shakespeare’s time satirized a social-climbing playwright-actor who stole their words and passed them off as his own.

In epigrams, stories, and plays they attacked this pretentious plagiarist, who made a lucrative career by patching together popular plays out of bits and pieces from their works.
These satires portray an uncultured, overdressed fellow who (as one of Jonson’s caricatures) acquires a coat of arms so he can be called a gentleman—mirroring a documented incident in William Shakespeare’s life.

The writers’ code of the era (plus fear of imprisonment) prevented these authors from naming the object of their satire, and possibly more than one playwright was targeted. Dr. Sabrina Feldman argues convincingly that most of the lampoons take aim at one highly successful playwright: the chief author of the Apocrypha.

In this episode, Allan Armstrong continues his interview (begun in Episode 4) with Sabrina Feldman, author of The Apocryphal William Shakespeare, to explore these hilarious and pointed parodies and to uncover the identity of their target.

 

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The Apocryphal William Shakespeare: Episode 4 with Sabrina Feldman | The Shakespeare Underground

The Apocryphal William Shakespeare: Episode 4 with Sabrina Feldman | The Shakespeare Underground | Shakespeare Authorship | Scoop.it
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What is your favorite Shakespeare play – Locrine? maybe The London Prodigall? Or perhaps the superhit Mucedorus, reprinted in at least 17 quarto editions, more than any other extant play of the era.

These dramas and more are part of the “Shakespeare Apocrypha,” works that were attributed to William Shakespeare during the 17th century, in several cases during the Stratford man’s lifetime.

In this episode, Allan Armstrong interviews Dr. Sabrina Feldman, author of The Apocryphal William Shakespeare, to discover the story behind these intriguing but nearly-forgotten plays that have been kicked out of the Shakespeare Canon.

Once renowned crowd-pleasers, works like The Famous Victories of Henry the Fifth, Mucedorus, Fair Em, and The Troublesome Reign of King John now exist on the fringes of early modern drama. Scholars have largely ignored these works because they are considered vastly inferior to the accepted Shakespeare plays. Yet many were published with William Shakespeare’s name or initials on their title pages, and a half-dozen of them were included in the 1664 Third Folio of Shakespeare’s works.

Who wrote the Shakespeare Apocrypha? And how do we explain the close ties between some of these plays and the works universally accepted as Shakespeare’s?

In this podcast, we’ll hear excerpts from these plays that provide a taste of the distinctive and highly entertaining qualities that made them wildly popular in Elizabethan and Jacobean England.

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The Law in Hamlet: Episode 2 with Tom Regnier | The Shakespeare Underground

The Law in Hamlet: Episode 2 with Tom Regnier | The Shakespeare Underground | Shakespeare Authorship | Scoop.it
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Can the intricacies of Elizabethan Law shed new light on the tragedy of Hamlet, Prince Of Denmark?

In this fascinating interview with attorney Tom Regnier, we look at how Shakespeare uses the law in the plays and Sonnets, why scholars and lawyers have claimed that Shakespeare had legal training, and — surprisingly — how themes of English law run throughout the play Hamlet. The examination of early modern English law offers unexpected insights into Hamlet’s madness, Ophelia’s breakdown and burial, and the infamously tempestuous relationship between Hamlet and his mother, Queen Gertrude.

In the episode, we hear “the most densely legal passage in Shakespeare,” which is found not in The Merchant of Venice or Measure for Measure but in Hamlet (and even involves a skull!).  We look at how the changing laws of England reflect the Medieval mindset as it transitions to a way of viewing the world that is quite familiar to us today.  Tom Regnier also addresses the Shakespeare authorship question, and considers some aspects of the Oxfordian/Edward De Vere theory as they touch on the law and Hamlet.

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Twitter / roughfiction: A guide to Shakespeare's ...

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RT @roughfiction: A guide to Shakespeare's Tragedies... Kind of. ;) http://t.co/20zj7MDV7y
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Mysteries of the First FolioEpisode 7 with Katherine Chiljan | The Shakespeare Underground

Mysteries of the First FolioEpisode 7 with Katherine Chiljan | The Shakespeare Underground | Shakespeare Authorship | Scoop.it
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The First Folio has been called “incomparably the most important work in the English language.”

 
First Folios are among the most prized books in the world. The 230 or so surviving copies are treasured for their age and rarity, but mostly for their close association to the world of Shakespeare. In 400 years of literary sleuthing, no manuscripts, letters, books he owned, or other intellectual relics have been found, so this posthumous collection is a way to approach the great author – after all, people who knew the man himself gathered and edited this edition. A First Folio is also a way to connect with Shakespeare’s earliest readers, some of whom have left marginal notes (and food smears) on the pages.

There are curiosities about the First Folio that make some scholars wonder if the book has another, secret, history.

Published in 1623, seven years after William Shakespeare’s death, and purportedly assembled by members of his theater company, the First Folio is the earliest collection of Shakespeare plays. Many of the plays had never before been in print. The book also provided a first glimpse at the face of the author, in the famous engraving by Martin Droeshout. (See this post for more about this controversial portrait.)

There are curiosities about the book that make some scholars wonder if the First Folio has another, secret, history. The introductory pages contain ambiguous and contradictory information about Shakespeare himself, and questions persist concerning the Folio’s production. Why did it take 7 years to produce the posthumous collection? Why didn’t Shakespeare himself coordinate the effort during his years of retirement in Stratford-upon-Avon? After all, Ben Jonson put out his own collected works in 1616. What were the costs involved in producing these expensive reference-sized volumes of nearly 1,000 pages? Why didn’t writers of the day make any reference to the release of the Folio, with its new Shakespeare plays including The Tempest, Macbeth and Twelfth Night? And what surprising discovery have researchers made about the role of Ben Jonson in the creation of the Folio?

Katherine Chiljan, author of Shakespeare Suppressed: The Uncensored Truth about Shakespeare and his Works, joins us to investigate the Mysteries of the First Folio.

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The Comedy of Othello: Commedia dell’Arte and Shakespeare the Genre-Bender Episode 5 with Richard Whalen | The Shakespeare Underground

The Comedy of Othello: Commedia dell’Arte and Shakespeare the Genre-Bender Episode 5 with Richard Whalen | The Shakespeare Underground | Shakespeare Authorship | Scoop.it
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s Othello a comedy gone wrong?

Discover the surprising connections between Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Othello, The Moor of Venice and Commedia dell’Arte, the satiric, improvised form of theater originating in 16th century Italy. Richard Whalen reveals how the seven main characters of Othello bear more than a coincidental resemblance to stock figures of Commedia dell’Arte. The links between Othello and Commedia dell’Arte offer insights into such perplexities as Iago’s extreme capacity for evil and Othello’s curious gullibility.

What does it mean that Shakespeare used comic characters and situations as a foundation for this bleak tragedy? And where did Shakespeare acquire his knowledge of Commedia dell’Arte, an artistic style that was unavailable in England during his most active writing years?

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Midsummer Monsieur: Episode 3 with Earl Showerman | The Shakespeare Underground

Midsummer Monsieur: Episode 3 with Earl Showerman | The Shakespeare Underground | Shakespeare Authorship | Scoop.it
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And yet, to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays.”

— Bottom, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Could A Midsummer Night’s Dream contain allegorical references satirizing Queen Elizabeth’s long & melodramatic courtship with Francois Hercule Valois, the Duc of Alençon?

In this podcast, Dr. Earl Showerman takes us on a visit to the court of Queen Elizabeth I in the 1570s. Statesmen, nobles, and perhaps even Elizabeth herself are divided over whether or not the Virgin Queen should marry the younger brother of the King of France. Dramatics ensue onstage and off, in a surprisingly strange and significant episode of English history. And what’s most surprising is that this colorful, contentious time may be preserved in all its absurdity and otherworldliness in one of Shakespeare’s best known plays.

We also look at how Shakespeare included personalities and incidents from the French court in Love’s Labour’s Lost and Measure for Measure, and consider the intersection of literature and political speech in Elizabethan England.

Join us for this lively look back at where politics, love, image-making and theater weave together in a confused tangle of real-world plotlines.

Read the poem Queen Elizabeth wrote to the Duc of Alençon as he left England for the last time: On Monsieur’s Departure.

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Where There’s a Will: Episode 1 with Bonner Miller Cutting | The Shakespeare Underground

Where There’s a Will: Episode 1 with Bonner Miller Cutting | The Shakespeare Underground | Shakespeare Authorship | Scoop.it
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We have few records from the life of William Shakespeare.

 
Most are related to petty lawsuits or the purchase of property. The most personal document that remains is his Last Will & Testament.
 

Researcher Bonner Miller Cutting looked at some 3,000 wills from Shakespeare’s day, and in this fascinating interview she describes what she learned about the daily lives of people of that era and about Gentle Will from Stratford-upon-Avon.

 
She sets the infamous “Second Best Bed” bequest in its context, giving us a look into Shakespeare’s relationship with his wife, Anne Hathaway.

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