Shakespeare by Another Name (CD-Audio)

The Life of Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford, the Man Who Was Shakespeare

By Mark Anderson, Simon Prebble (Read by)

HighBridge Company, 9781565119949

Publication Date: August 18, 2005

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Edward de Vere’s life and letters indicate that he was the true author of the works of Shakespeare. Weaving together ten years of research, this biography of the adventurous Elizabethan earl is a triumph of literary detective work.

Actor William Shaksper of Stratford had little education, never left England, and apparently owned no books. How could he have written the great plays and poetry attributed to him? Journalist Mark Anderson’s biography offers tantalizing proof that Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford—courtier, spendthrift, scholar, traveler, soldier, scoundrel, and writer—was the real “Shakespeare.” 

As Anderson reveals, de Vere lived in Venice during his twenties, often in debt to its moneylenders (Merchant of Venice). He led military campaigns against rebellious nobles in Scotland (Macbeth). An extramarital affair resulted in fighting between his supporters and rivals (Romeo and Juliet). And when de Vere was publicly disgraced, he began using the pen name “Shake-speare” and appealed to Queen Elizabeth I through her favorite form of entertainment—the theater.

About the Author

Journalist MARK ANDERSON has spent more than a decade researching the life of Edward de Vere, publishing articles in Harper’s, The Boston Globe, and on His writings have also appeared in Rolling Stone, Wired, and Science. Anderson lives in Massachusetts.

SIMON PREBBLE, a British-born performer of considerable talent and experience, has built a successful career that spans the Atlantic. As a stage and television actor he has played in everything from soaps to Shakespeare, but it is as a veteran narrator of some 275 audio book titles that he has made his mark since coming to the U.S. in 1990. Audiofile magazine has named him a “Golden Voice” and in 2004 he was named “Narrator of the Year” by Publishers Weekly. He lives with his wife in New York.

Praise For Shakespeare by Another Name: The Life of Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford, the Man Who Was Shakespeare

A first-rate and fascinating whodunit.