Daily Archives: September 30, 2009

“Anonymous” filming begins March 2010

Film producer Roland Emmerich will begin filming Anonymous, (AKA Soul of the Age) a $28-million film about the Shakespeare authorship question in March 2010. Oxfordian researcher Robert Detobel said the announcement appeared this morning in the Berliner Morganpost in an interview by Peter Beddies: “Roland Emmerich dreht Shakespeare in Babelsberg” (Roland Emmerich shooting Shakespeare in Babelsberg). According to Detobel’s translation of the Morganpost interview that appeared on Nina Green’s e-mail list, Emmerich will film Anonymous before beginning work on his next blockbuster movie, titled 2012.

“Now I have jumped again on the debate about Shakespeare perhaps not being the author of the works ascribed to him, and that will be the stuff of my next movie. It will not be a big production. Rather a little pretty thriller,” Emmerich said.

The original article appears at:

Nina Green’s website is at: http://www.oxford-shakespeare.com/index.html

Der Mann

Der Mann

Robert Detobel reported that Kurt Kreiler’s book, Der Mann, der Shakespeare erfand: Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford (1550-1604), was published this month in Frankfurt. No English translation of The Man who Invented Shakespeare: Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford (1550-1604) has been announced. Detobel translated a description of the book from the German Amazon site at http://www.amazon.de/dp/3458174524/?tag=book_de21:

Short Description (of Kreiler’s The Man who Invented Shakespeare)
The poet William Shakespeare has nothing to do with the player and moneylender William Shakespeare from Stratford-upon-Avon. Behind the literary pseudonym William Shakespeare is hidden the learned aristocrat Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford, who frequented Queen Elizabeth I’s court. Therefore, the plays of the “spear shaker” were not written for the Globe theater but were intended for staging at court. The author, Ben Jonson, edited Shakespeare’s works and willingly created the impression that the author was the man of Stratford by erecting the front’s in Stratford. These astounding theses are not part of a novel but of a scientifically founded biography that could not have been more novel-like. Kurt Kreiler has reopened “Shakespeare case.” Contrary to the partisans of the Earl of Oxford’s candidature up to now Kreiler does not proceed by conjectures but brings forth circumstantial evidence. He does not invent documents, he makes speak them. Shakespeare, Bacon and Marlowe are left empty-handed.

“Some of the statements are exaggerated,” Detobel said. “It’s not of Kreiler’s doing; it was done by the ad division of the publishing house. Perhaps good to know none the less.”

Detobel said that a few lines about the book were published in Focus, Germany’s second most widely distributed magazine, and that an article and interview of Kreiler are scheduled to appear in Germany’s top publication, Der Spiegel. Detobel will attempt to provide translations of the magazine articles for the SOS news and blog.

Limited academic inquiry

The University of Pennsylvania reports that Duncan Salkeld, senior lecturer in English at the University of Chichester, will host a day conference on the topic of “Shakespeare: Puzzles, Mysteries, Investigations” on February 18, 2010. The greatest Shakespearean puzzle, however, will be specifically banned from the discussion:

Deadline for papers (via email by attachment) is 18 December 2009. The cost of the Conference will be 25 GBP. [Brief] Papers covering any aspect of Shakespeare studies are welcome, including those that focus on textual, dramatic or historical topics. Papers relating to Shakespeare’s era are invited. Proposals regarding the authorship question will not be accepted. For submissions and further details, please contact d.salkeld@chi.ac.uk

Report of the conference is not apparent on the U. of Chichester Internet site, but Salkeld is represented on the English faculty page:

Dr. Salkeld’s teaching and research interests include Shakespeare, Renaissance drama, early modern prosecutions and legal records, and textual scholarship. Dr. Salkeld gives regular conference papers at British universities, and has organized a Shakespeare Study Day at the University for local A Level and Access students. He is currently preparing books on courtesans, Shakespeare and micro-history.