I hope others will find the information below useful and that you’ll pick up a copy of this indispensable volume.Dating Shakespeare’s Plays: A Critical Review of the Evidence Edited by Kevin Gilvary Published November 2010 After a long gestation period, the DVS is delighted finally to publish its research into the dating of Shakespeare’s plays.The fact is nobody really knows exactly when Shakespeare composed any of his works.
It reveals surprising discrepancies in date comparisions.As scholar after scholar has said, the evidence to fix a precise date on any particular play is simply lacking.This question is crucial to any biography of Shakespeare. In the coming years proponents of the Oxford case would include Sigmund Freud, Leslie Howard, Sir John Gielgud, David Mc Cullough and other giants in their fields. Ward argued that Oxford financed and guided a “college” of writers in the 1580’s (Lyly, Munday, Greene, Watson and other “university wits”) whose works would come to be viewed by orthodox scholars as contemporary sources of Shakespeare. Ward’s documentary biography in 1928 left it to readers to decide whether Oxford wrote the Shakespeare works.King John has been placed by scholars in every year of the decade up to 1598 and there are suggestions that Hamlet’s date of 1602 could be put back to 1589 In this authoritative book, evidence is reviewed methodically to produce a range of dates, supported by in-depth analysis of aids to dating such as language, historical allusion the testimony of title pages, as well as works by other authors including Palladis Tamia and the Stationers’ Register.In considering Oxfordian dates, the intention is not to prove the Earl of Oxford was the author but to demonstrate the possibility of a range of earlier dates for each of the 36 plays in the First Folio, and four other plays which have been attributed to Shakespeare.History of the Case Identification of Edward de Vere as “Shakespeare” launched an era of new research and activity, with Looney founding the original Shakespeare Fellowship in 1922. Ward reported his discovery that in 1586 the Queen granted Oxford £1,000 paid annually until his death in 1604.Sir George Greenwood became Vice President with Col. He argued that the pension was primarily for previous and ongoing expenses related to play companies and writers promoting national unity during the eighteen-year Anglo-Spanish war. Ward argued that Oxford and Elizabeth were the natural parents of Henry Wriothesley, third Earl of Southampton, the dedicatee of article of 1940, Charles Wisner Barrell argued on the basis of X-ray evidence that the so-called Ashbourne portrait, said to be of Shakespeare, had originally depicted Edward de Vere.Apart from that, there is no references in the play or to the play which can give more precise date than 1587 (the publication of Holinshed’s .This volume considers all the evidence for each individual play in the following sequence: a general introduction to the evidence available to help with dating a consideration of the uses and limitations of Francis Meres’s observations in 1598 a consideration of the value of metrical and stylistic features It then volume considers each play in the sequence presented in the First Folio (1623): 14 comedies 10 histories 12 tragedies In addition, there are further chapters devoted to four plays often ascribed to Shakespeare.