Shakespeare Authorship Book Club with Michael Delahoyde

By The Book, SAR’s international book club, finished it’s second selection, 12th Night, An Oxfordian Edition recently. We met 6 times online. The first 5 times were to read aloud together one act of the play. (There are 5 acts)  The last time we met was for our formal book club meeting with Michael Delahoyde, the editor of our book selection.

The read alouds were a blast. It was great to hear the play with individual voices and tripping along at a conversational pace. The play came to life.

The conversations after the read alouds and during the club meeting were varied and fun with great participation. Sometimes we would go down a rabbit hole and start looking things up. Some of the more obscure topics that surfaced included “railing”, “Giordano Bruno”, and epiphany. I guess you had to be there.

And you can be there!  

For our next book selection we will be reading Necessary Mischief by Bonner Miller Cutting and Bonner has agreed to join us for the final club meeting, Saturday June 25, 2022 at 10 AM PDT.

Our first meeting will be in April. Buy the book now so you can participate.

To sign up for this free book club, send us a note at

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.

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.