Photo: Trailer for “Anonymous.”
In a New York Times op-ed piece, Columbia English professor James Shapiro challenges the premise of Roland Emmerich’s upcoming film “Anonymous,” which presents Edward de Vere as the true author of (wait for it) all of Shakespeare’s works. What has stirred Shapiro even more is the documentary and lesson plans being circulated in conjunction with the film.
Shapiro states his case:
But promoters of de Vere’s cause have a lot of evidence to explain away, including testimony of contemporary writers, court records and much else that confirms that Shakespeare wrote the works attributed to him…. Perhaps the greatest obstacle facing de Vere’s supporters is that he died in 1604, before 10 or so of Shakespeare’s plays were written.
Tests are underway to identify eight victims of serial killer John Wayne Gacy. Don Babwin of the Associated Press via the Chicago Tribune.
The Washington Post’s Reliable Source blog reports that the OSS Society is making plans for a new museum. Reliable Source notes that the CIA’s museum at Langley, Va., has exhibits on the Office of Strategic Services, but it’s not open to the public.
Valerie Strauss of the Washington Post profiles “Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War,” a reading program on the Civil War planned at 65 libraries nationwide. (The Oakland Public Library is California’s only participating institution.)
The project by the American Library Assn. is led by Edward L. Ayers, head of the University of Richmond, Va.
Ayers, the author or editor of 11 books on the War Between the States, says:
“People across the country simply do not have the fundamental information they need to understand abolitionism, secession, warfare, freedom, and Reconstruction. That’s what this effort is about.”