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Shakespeare Identified

J. Thomas Looney (1870-1944)

1. Preface and Preliminary Note
2. Introduction
3. The Stratfordian View, part 1
4. The Stratfordian View, part 2
5. The Stratfordian View, part 3
6. The Stratfordian View, part 4
7. The Stratfordian View, part 5
8. The Stratfordian View, part 6
9. The Stratfordian View, part 7
10. The Stratfordian View, part 8
11. The Stratfordian View, part 9
12. The Stratfordian View, part 10
13. Character of the Problem
14. Method of Solution
15. The Author: General Features
16. The Author: Special Characteristics
17. The Search and Discovery
18. Conditions Fulfilled
19. Edward De Vere as Lyric Poet
20. The Lyric Poetry of Edward De Vere, part 1
21. The Lyric Poetry of Edward De Vere, part 2
22. The Lyric Poetry of Edward De Vere, part 3
23. The Lyric Poetry of Edward De Vere, part 4
24. Records and Early Life of De Vere, part 1 - The Reputation of the Earl of Oxford
25. Records and Early Life of De Vere, part 2 - The Ancestory of Edward De Vere
26. Records and Early Life of De Vere, part 3 - The Earls of Oxford in the Wars of the Roses
27. Records and Early Life of De Vere, part 4 - Father of Edward De Vere
28. Records and Early Life of De Vere, part 5 - A Royal Ward
29. Early Manhood, part 1
30. Early Manhood, part 2
31. Early Manhood, part 3
32. Manhood of De Vere. Middle Period. Dramatic Foreground
33. Manhood of De Vere, part 2
34. Manhood of De Vere, part 3
35. Manhood of De Vere, part 4
36. Manhood of De Vere, part 5
37. Manhood of De Vere, part 6
38. Manhood of De Vere. An Interlude
39. Manhood of De Vere. Final Example, part 1
40. Manhood of De Vere. Final Example, part 2
41. Manhood of De Vere. Final Example, part 3
42. Manhood of De Vere. Final Example, part 4
43. Posthumous Considerations, part 1
44. Posthumous Considerations, part 2
45. Posthumous Considerations, part 3
46. Poetic Self-Revelation. The Sonnets, part 1
47. Poetic Self-Revelation. The Sonnets, part 2
48. Dramatic Self-Revelation - Hamlet, part 1
49. Dramatic Self-Revelation - Hamlet, part 2
50. Dramatic Self-Revelation - Hamlet, part 3
51. Chronological Summary of Edward De Vere and Shakespeare
52. Conclusion
53. Appendix 1 - The Tempest, part 1
54. Appendix 1 - The Tempest, part 2
55. Appendix 1 - The Tempest, part 3
56. Appendix 2 - Supplementary Matters

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Summary

That one who is not a recognized authority or an expert in literature should attempt the solution of a problem which has so far baffled specialists must doubtless appear to many as a glaring act of over- boldness; whilst to pretend to have actually solved this most momentous of literary puzzles will seem to some like sheer hallucination. What I have to propose, however, is not an accidental discovery, but one resulting from a systematic search. And it is to the nature of the method, combined with a happy inspiration and a fortunate chance, that the results here described were reached. These convinced me that the opponents of the orthodox view had made good their case to this extent, that there was no sufficient evidence that the man William Shakspere had written the works with which he was credited, whilst there was a very strong prima facie presumption that he had not. Everything seemed to point to his being but a mask, behind which some great genius, for inscrutable reasons, had elected to work out his own destiny.