by Christina G. Waldman
Barry has a PhD from Brunel University, UK on the thesis “A linguistic analysis of Francis Bacon’s contribution to three Shakespeare Plays : The Comedy of Errors, Love’s Labour’s Lost, and The Tempest.”
His paper on the Virginia Company and The Tempest questioning Shakespeare’s access to the Strachey letter appeared in the Journal of Drama Studies (July 2011). A book chapter, “The Virginia Company’s role in The Tempest” examining Bacon’s connections to the play appears in Petar Penda, “The Whirlwind of Passion : New Critical Perspectives on William Shakespeare” (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016).
Barry is the Author of “Francis Bacon’s Contribution to Shakespeare: A New Attribution Method (Routledge Studies in Shakespeare)“.
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Mercy Seasons Justice: Eating and Equity in The Merchant of Venice A talk by Simon Miles to the Francis Bacon Society delivered on 1st March 2019. This presentation investigates the relationship between Sir Francis Bacon and The Merchant of Venice. It explores the influence on the play (and vice versa) of the contemporary legal conflict between common law and equity law, and how this relates to persistent tropes of dining and eating in the work. Simon Miles’ talk shows how a consideration of Francis Bacon’s contribution to the play illuminates the key themes of this Elizabethan drama, and sheds valuable light on its origins.
Dr. Barry R. Clarke’s new book, Francis Bacon’s Contribution to Shakespeare: A New Attribution Method, will be published by Routledge, Feb. 6, 2019.
It will be available in paperback as well.
Recent articles on the book include: “Mark Rylance takes on Shakespeare establishment in authorship row,” The Guardian, Jan. 19, 2019, https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/jan/19/mark-rylance-takes-on-shakespeare-establishment-in-authorship-debate-over-francis-bacon
Monday 17 September
BBC RADIO 4
Five essays on the timely theme of “Truth” and current challenges to it. In the first episode, Dr Kathryn Murphy looks at Sir Francis Bacon’s 1620s essay, On Truth, and its striking contemporary parallels.
We live, we keep being told, in a “post-truth” world, suffering an epidemic of “truth decay”, but we are not the first to fear information overload, disinformation and fake news.
In the 1620s, the statesman and philosopher Francis Bacon began the first ever book of essays in the English language with an essay entitled “Of Truth”. He was driven by his own personal political woes but also by the preoccupations of his era: rapidly changing technology (the telescope and microscope made the world feel at once bigger and smaller); America and its inhabitants challenging European understanding and sense of identity; passionately opposing factions continuing the arguments of the Reformation; war in Europe forcing the question of just how far Britain should get involved in the Continent; and – to spread the news and unrest about it – the first organised distribution of newspapers in England had just begun.
To launch this series, Dr Kathryn Murphy, Fellow in English at Oriel College, Oxford, uncovers Bacon’s own concerns and links them with today’s pressing issues.
Reader: Sean Murray
Producer: Beaty Rubens for BBC Radio 4
Christina Waldman’s book, Francis Bacon’s Hidden Hand in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice: A Study in Law, Rhetoric and Authorship is being published in July 2018 by Algora Publishing with a foreword by Simon Miles. The book explores the function and identity of Bellario, the old Italian jurist whose hand guides Portia’s courtroom performance, although he never actually “appears” in the play. Is Bellario’s identity linked to Francis Bacon, as Mark Edwin Andrews proposed in Law v. Equity in The Merchant of Venice: a Legalization of Act IV, Scene I (Boulder: University of Colorado Press, 1965)?
Appendix IV of the book includes Maureen Ward-Gandy’s 1992 forensic handwriting comparison of the handwriting in a fragment of manuscript, found in binder’s waste, which is clearly a scene variation of The Play of Henry IV, Part One, with the handwriting of Francis Bacon and other contemporaries. In her report, Ms. Ward-Gandy concluded that the handwriting in that drafted scene matched that of Francis Bacon.
Hidden Hand is available from the publisher, https://www.algora.com/545/book/details.html, Amazon, and other sources.
Ms. Waldman would also like to draw your attention to Mather Walker’s essay, “The Symbolic AA, Secrets of the Shakespeare First Folio.” Under the heading “The Secret of Old Eleusis: Plucking Out the Heart of His Mystery,” and under the picture from the Rosicrucian Digest 2000 (about 7/8 down on the scroll bar), there is an acrostic in the opening lines of the poem, “The Rape of Lucrece,” written in 1594. The first letters spell FBLAWAO, with the word “law” spelled in the middle. She had not seen this most likely explanation of the name “Bellario” until the book was already published, but has no doubt that the timing is exactly as it should be.