Monthly Archives: August 2011

Katherine Chiljan’s New Authorship Book — Pre-Order on Shakespeare Suppressed: The Uncensored Truth About Shakespeare and His Works

Congratulations to my friend Katherine Chiljan.  Her new authorship book will be released on September 1, 2011, and is now available for pre-order on  Here’s the book cover graphic … followed by a link to the page.

Here’s some basic information about the book and the author.  Sounds like a great read.   And great timing in advance of the worldwide release of the Roland Emmerich movie, Anonymous.   Let the Shakespeare authorship debate begin!

About Shakespeare SuppressedWILLIAM SHAKESPEARE is the most celebrated and most read poet and dramatist in history, but his personal life and artistic life is a mystery. How did he obtain the extensive learning and experience displayed in his works? When were his plays written and why were his works so often pirated by printers? Although publicly lauded during his lifetime, why was Shakespeare s death not noticed by those in the literary world near the time that it had occurred? These are only a few problems that the Shakespeare professor cannot answer definitively after two centuries of scholarship.

Much contemporary evidence, however, is available that can shed light on many of these problems evidence that gets ignored because it does not fit the experts picture of Shakespeare. This evidence overwhelmingly indicates that William Shakespeare was the great author s pen name, and that he was a nobleman. It shows that he wrote decades earlier than believed, and initially for the private entertainment of Queen Elizabeth I and her court.

The pen name idea is easy enough to grasp, but it becomes more complex and tangled by the fact that there was another man, christened William Shakspere, who lived during the same period. A resident of Stratford-upon-Avon, this man was involved in acting companies and theaters in London.  Not one shred of evidence, however, proves the Stratford Man was the great author during his lifetime, and neither he nor his descendents ever made such a claim. These two very different men merged into one identity after both of their deaths, and it was no accident, as this book will explain.

The lack of hard facts about Shakespeare and his career has caused the experts to write biographies full of fiction and fantasy. Those who love and appreciate Shakespeare deserve better. Fully documented, Shakespeare Suppressed is a valuable resource for those who want to learn the unadulterated truth about Shakespeare and his works. The book debunks the experts case for the Stratford Man as the great author, and exposes the misleading preface of the First Folio. Features an appendix detailing 93 too early allusions to the plays that destroy orthodox composition dates, and 27 plates.

About the Author

KATHERINE CHILJAN (BA History, UCLA) is an independent scholar who has studied the Shakespeare authorship question for over 26 years. She has debated the topic with English professors at the Smithsonian Institution and at the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco. Chiljan served as editor of the Shakespeare-Oxford Newsletter, and edited two anthologies: Dedication Letters to the Earl of Oxford, and Letters and Poems of Edward, Earl of Oxford.

The Library Journal Reviews Richard Roe’s The Shakespeare Guide to Italy

*Roe, Richard Paul.
The Shakespeare Guide to Italy: Retracing the Bard’s Unknown Travels. HarperPerennial: HarperCollins. Nov. 2011. c.320p. illus. maps. bibliog. ISBN 9780062074263. pap. $19.99. LIT
For this literary journey through Shakespeare’s ten plays set in Italy, Roe, an English and history scholar and an attorney who died in 2010, explored the places that inspired many of Shakespeare’s classics and presents a solid argument that Shakespeare was well traveled. Roe spent over 20 years traveling throughout Italy with Shakespeare plays in hand. The thrill of discovery he felt throughout his quest leaps off the page and makes for an accessible read. The connections he draws among the plays and locales are backed up with pictures, maps, literary references, and well-documented arguments. Particularly striking is Roe’s argument that A Midsummer Night’s Dream is not set in Greece, as traditionally accepted, but in a small town in Italy. VERDICT A fascinating look at a largely untouched aspect of Shakespeare’s identity and influences. Recommended for Shakespeare enthusiasts and scholars as well as travelers looking for a new perspective, this is also particularly intriguing as a companion to specific plays.—Katie Lawrence, Chicago

Slide Show and Description of Richard Roe’s The Shakespeare Guide to Italy — Huffington Post

Thought you’d want to see this text accompanying the slide show, written by Hilary Roe Metternich, daughter of Richard Paul Roe, author of The Shakespeare Guide to Italy.   See excerpts of Metternich’s decription below.  Here’s the link to read the whole thing:

Author, Hilary Roe Metternich
For lovers of Shakespeare who simply love his plays, “The Shakespeare Guide to Italy: Retracing the Bard’s Unknown Travels” by Richard Paul Roe is an absorbing, insightful, easy-to-read journey into the ten plays set in Italy. A reading will make your playgoing experience richer, and you’ll have a much better understanding of what was happening in and around the Mediterranean during the 16th century; and it can be left at that.

However, for lovers of Shakespeare who are–in addition to the above–intrigued by the pesky “Shakespeare Authorship Controversy,” from the facts presented by Mr. Roe, it seems pretty irrefutable that whoever wrote those ten plays knew Italy “up close and personal.” After reading this book, wherein Roe has used as his guide only the words given to the plays’ characters by Shakespeare to speak (and has then thoroughly checked across Italy for their accuracy)– it’s hard to accept that William Shakespeare of Stratford-on-Avon picked up his detailed knowledge about that country in, say, a pub in London over a tankard of stout from some chatty traveling Italian traders named possibly Luigi or Giovanni–supposing of course, that Shakespeare never traveled to Italy himself. Of course, after many years dealing with this topic, Mr. Roe couldn’t help but draw his own conclusions about the controversy.

Mr. Roe, in “The Shakespeare Guide to Italy,” simply points to the astounding accuracy of the Italian plays, leaving it to the reader to ponder (if they want to) what such accuracy implies–as they pleasantly travel through one of the most beautiful and inspiring countries of the world.

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