The Oxfordian hypothesis accepts the historical documents which establish that William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon was an actor, a sharer in the Lord Chamberlain's Men and the King's Men, and a shareholder in the Globe and Blackfriars theatres, but posits that internal evidence in the plays indicates that Edward De Vere (1550-1604), 17th Earl of Oxford, wrote the Shakespeare canon, and that from the publication of Greene's Groatsworth of Wit in 1592, Shakespeare of Stratford was Oxford's front man for the purpose of getting Oxford's plays into the public theatres. Oxford was known in his own time as an accomplished poet and playwright. His contemporary literary reputation thus suggests that he wrote much more than the few extant poems which bear his name. In addition to the Shakespeare canon, some of the anonymous and pseudonymous Elizabethan works which may have been written by Oxford are presented here in modern spelling versions. The site also includes transcripts and translations of hundreds of documents related to Oxford's life and the life of his front man, the actor William Shakespeare of Stratford upon Avon. The Oxford Authorship Site is the property of Nina Green, who can be contacted at devere[at]telus[dot]net.
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