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Monstrous AdversaryThe Life of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford$
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Alan H. Nelson

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780853236788

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313592

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(p.1) Introduction
Monstrous Adversary
Liverpool University Press

This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of why Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford remains an object of curiosity for cultural and literary historians. It then considers posthumous accounts of Oxford, including Bernard M. Ward's documentary biography, The Seventeenth Earl of Oxford, 1550–1604, From Contemporary Documents (1928). Ward embraced the hypothesis that Oxford was Shakespeare, but confined overt speculation to interstitial chapters which he called interludes.

Keywords:   Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford, Shakespeare, Bernard M. Ward, biography

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