SHAKESPEARE
NEW VIEWS FOR OLD

 

By

RODERICK EAGLE

First Published 1930

Rider & CO.

"Therefore we shall make our judgment upon the things themselves, as they give light one to another, and, as we can, dig truth out of the mine. Bacon, History of Henry VII.

"Miracles are ceas'd;
And therefore we must needs admit the means
How things are perfected." Henry V, 1,

William Shakspere of Stratford On Avon :
"Are you native of this place?....Your accent is something finer than you could purchase in so removed a dwelling."
As You Like It, III, ii.

Francis Bacon :
"Some dear cause
Will in concealment wrap me up a while;
When I am known aright you shall not grieve
Lending me this acquaintance." King Lear, IV, iii


TO
NIGEL
"Thou art thy mother's glass, and she in thee
Calls back the lovely April of her prime."

"There are three difficulties in authorship : to write anything worth publishing : to find honest men to publish it : and to get sensible men to read it." Rev. C.C. Colton, 1780-1832

CONTENTS

Preface, Who Began It?

7

1. Bacon v Shakspere

11

II. Could Bacon Have Committed the "Errors" in the Plays?

27

III. Shakespeare's First Play

30

IV. Shakespeare and The "Essay of Love"

42

V. The Problem of Shakespeare's Sonnets

45

VI. The "Rival Poet"

50

VII. The "Dark Lady"

57

VIII. "A Lover's Complaint"

61

IX. "Hamlet" and Contemporary History

66

X. "Timon of Athens

70

XI. "The Tempest"

75

XII. Shakespeare and Bacon on "Cunning"

87

XIII. "Only an Actor could have Written the Plays

90

XIV. Ben Jonson and Shakespeare

93

XV. Shakespeare and Italy

99

XVI. How spurious "Shakespeare" Relics are Exploited

103

XVII. An Appeal for Justice

106


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