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Shakespeare" Identified in Edward de Vere the Seventeenth Earl of Oxford.
Cecil Palmer,, London, 1920 - First Edition. London, Cecil Palmer, 1920. 8°. 551 pages with five portraits and thorough Index. Original hardcover (Red-Brown cloth with black lettering on spine and frontcover). Very good+ condition with some signs of external wear. Very firm binding. Small paperdefect on pages 349-352. Otherwise in excellent condition. Extremely rare publication on the most controversial authorship question in the history of Literature. Includes for example: The Stratfordian View, character of the problem and method of Solution, The Author: general features, The Author: Special characteristics, The search and discovery. Conditions fulfilled. Edward de Vere as Lyric poet, The Lyric poetry of Edward De Vere, Records and Early life of de Vere, Early Manhood, Manhood of de Vere, Middle Period, Dramatic Foreground, Poetic Self-Revelation - The Sonnets, Dramatic Self-Revelation - Hamlet, Chronological Summary of Edward de Vere and Shakespeare ( The Tempest etc. John Thomas Looney (14 August 1870 – 17 January 1944) was an English school teacher who is best known for having originated the Oxfordian theory, which claims that Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford (1550–1604) was the true author of Shakespeare's plays. Looney came from a Methodist religious background, but later converted to the rationalistic Religion of Humanity, becoming a leader of its church in Tyneside. After the failure of the local church, Looney turned to the Shakespeare authorship question, publishing in 1920 his theory that de Vere was the author of most of the poems and plays published in Shakespeare's name. He later argued that de Vere had also written works published under the names of other poets. Looney's book begins by outlining many of the familiar anti-Stratfordian arguments about Shakespeare of Stratford's supposedly poor education and unpoetic personality. He also criticises the methods adopted by many previous anti-Stratfordians, especially the Baconian tendency to search for ciphers. Looney considers it unlikely that an author who wished to conceal his identity would leave such messages. He then goes on to identify the influence of Frank Harris's book The Man Shakespeare, which uses the plays to find evidence of Shakespeare's beliefs and interests. Looney states that it is possible to use this method to identify the type of person who must have written the works. He considered that lower class characters were portrayed as buffoons and that the author had no sympathy for the middle-classes. He was, however, dedicated to old-fashioned feudal ideals of nobility and service. He also believed in a highly structured, dutiful and ordered society. For Looney the plays expressed a distinct political vision that combined elements of feudalism and modern scepticism towards traditional religion. He also believed that events and characters in the plays must correspond to the life of the author. Studying the biographies of Elizabethan aristocrats, he became convinced that Edward de Vere's career and personal experience could be mapped onto the action of the plays. Since de Vere died in 1604, many years before a number of Shakespeare's works appeared, Looney argued that there is an abrupt change in publication history and in the style of plays apparently written after 1604. Unusually, Looney argued that The Tempest was not the work of Oxford/Shakespeare, but of another author. It had been mistakenly added to the canon. He argued that its style and the "dreary negativism" it promoted were inconsistent with Shakespeare's "essentially positivist" soul, and so could not have been written by Oxford. He also suggested that the evidence of other writers' hands in late plays such as Pericles, Prince of Tyre implied that the author had died, leaving them unfinished. Such works were completed and published by others, as were the sonnets, the dedication page of which implied to Looney that the author was deceased. Looney expanded his views in later publications, especially his 1921 edition [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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