George Peele, Robert Prechter and Shakespeare

We are excited to welcome Robert Prechter as our May 14 speaker for the Shakespeare Authorship Roundtable. Mr. Prechter is known for his work in financial prediction using the Elliott Wave Theory, but that will not be the subject of his May talk.

Robert Prechter

“Who Wrote George Peele’s ‘Only Extant Letter’?” is the subject that interests Mr. Prechter immensely. We can’t wait to find out why and also to examine in more detail this personal correspondence to discover clues that relate to the authorship question. George Peele was the 9th Earl of Northumberland and one of the University Wits; a writer associated with Shakespeare.

George Peele is one of many topics in Robert Prechter’s new 24 volume digital book called Shakespeare’s Voices which proposes that many publications from the era were actually written by Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, under other people’s names.

Additional reading on the subject of George Peele and Renaissance Drama can be found in, The Predecessors of Shakespeare: A Survey and Bibliography, Recent Studies in English Renaissance Drama. (1973)

For more information on the life and work of George Peele, take a look at the recent book by David Bevington called George Peele (2017)

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George Peele (1556-1596)

Sabrina Feldman & the Authorship Glass Slipper

Sabrina Feldman is an accomplished author and Program Manager at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Born and raised in Riverside, California, she attended college and graduate school at the University of California at Berkeley, where she enjoyed the wonderful performances of the Berkeley Shakespeare Company, studied Shakespeare’s works for a semester with Professor Stephen Booth, and received a Ph.D. in experimental physics in 1996

She spoke to the Shakespeare Authorship Roundtable in 2018 regarding Thomas Sackville as a candidate. In January, she will be speaking for us again to share with us why after extensive research, she still favors Sackville over Thomas North. She will also provide an update on the current state of affairs regarding the authorship debate.

Check out her 1st book’s Facebook Page. You can also read an ARTICLE she published in the Oxfordian. We are grateful to have Sabrina as a board member and are looking forward to her January event.

Alchemy and Metaphysics in Shakespeare’s Time

Below is Julia Cleave’s talk on Alchemy. You can also watch Marty Hyatt discuss metaphysical themes in the Sonnets and Lisa Wolpe discuss the Alchemy of Gender as well as perform.

Our September 25th Fundraiser and Season Opener was a wonderful Zoom event. We had 3 brilliant speakers and a lively and learned hostess in Gerit Quealy, author of Botanical Shakespeare.

Thank you to all our speakers and supporters for making the event a success with regards to the continued exploration of the Shakespeare Authorship question. Above all, we gained a new appreciation for the thematic complexity of the works with regard to spirituality.

The Case for Sir Thomas North as Shakespeare

On May 8th, 2021 we had a wonderful Authorship Roundtable Zoom Talk given by Michael Blanding and Dennis McCarthy. The talk is separated into two videos which will play simultaneously below.

The newly discovered Elizabethan manuscript: “A Brief Discourse of Rebellion and Rebels” by George North (Thomas’s likely cousin) is shown to contain nearly identical source material of 11 Shakespeare plays. The reprint of the manuscript with analysis is available on Amazon and is written by Dennis McCarthy and June Schlueter.

Michael Blanding, an investigative journalist who wrote a New York Times article about Dennis McCarthy’s work with plagiarism software in 2018, added his own research on Thomas North. His new book, “North by Shakespeare” was featured in Smithsonian Magazine in April.

Please watch the video below and subscribe to our YouTube channel for more thought-provoking talks on the Shakespeare Authorship Debate.

Dennis McCarthy on Thomas North

The Impoverished Knight Who Wrote the Plays Adapted by Shakespeare

In November 2014, Cambridge’s Shakespeare Survey 67 became the first journal to publish an article crediting an early version of a Shakespeare play to the mysterious war-weary, scholar-knight, Thomas North. The essay, “The Shakespeare-North Collaboration: Titus Andronicus and Titus and Vespasian,” reveals numerous independent lines of evidence indicating that North wrote the bloody and lurid Roman revenge tragedy Titus and Vespasian in 1560-61, at the age of 25 or 26, three years before Shakespeare was born. Roughly 30 years later, in the late 1580s or early 1590s, Shakespeare then adapted North’s old play Titus and Vespasian for the public theater in a work we know today as Titus Andronicus. The results of the analysis suggest that many of North’s original passages and phrases still remain in Shakespeare’s tragedy.

It is not particularly revelatory that Shakespeare adapted an earlier play. Scholars have long recognized that many of Shakespeare’s best-known works were not original but revisions of older, now-lost dramas. The article did not create any shockwaves. But it was just a first step in a planned roll-out of far more sensational discoveries—a treasure-trove of Shakespeare-related documents that transforms our understanding of the origin of the canon. For when June Schlueter and I first wrote the paper, we also knew that North had not just written an early version of Titus Andronicus; he was the original author of essentially every play in the Shakespeare canon. And many of these discoveries are just now being published:

Dennis and Michael Blanding will be speaking at SAR on May 8th. Stay tuned!

Explore the Thomas North website.