Monstrous Adversary

The Life of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford

Alan H. Nelson

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ISBN: 9780853236887

Publication: August 1, 2003

Series: Liverpool English Texts and Studies 40

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The Elizabethan Court poet Edward de Vere has, since 1920, lived a notorious second, wholly illegitimate life as the putative author of the poems and plays of William Shakespeare. The work reconstructs Oxford’s life, assesses his poetic works, and demonstrates the absurdity of attributing Shakespeare’s works to him. The first documentary biography of Oxford for over seventy years, Monstrous Adversary seeks to measure the real Oxford against the myth. Impeccably researched and presenting many documents written by Oxford himself, Nelson’s book provides a unique insight into Elizabethan society and manners through the eyes of a man whose life was privately scandalous and richly documented.

Alan H. Nelson is Professor Emeritus in the Department of English at the University of California, Berkeley.

List of Illustrations List of Abbreviations Acknowledgements Editorial Procedures Introduction Part I Roots 1548-1562 Part II Youth 1562-1571 Part III Emancipation 1571-1574 Part IV Exploration 1574-1576 Part V Alienation 1576-1579 Part VI Intrigue 1579-1580 Part VII Sedition 1580-1581 Part VIII Release 1581-1585 Part IX Reiteration 1586-1591 Part X Renewal 1592-1595 Part XI Re-engagement 1595-1599 Part XII Decline 1600-1604 Part XIII 1604-1613 Notes Appendix: Oxford’s Letters and Libel Documents Bibliography Index

Format: Paperback

Size: 234 x 156 mm

548 Pages

ISBN: 9780853236887

Publication: August 1, 2003

Series: Liverpool English Texts and Studies 40

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