The Greatest of Literary Problems

The Authorship of the Shakespeare Works

 

An Expostion of all Points at Issue, From Their Inception to the Present Moment

by

James Phinney Baxter

with Illustrations

 

Boston and New York

Houghton Mifflin Company

The Cambridge Press

1915


I Dedicate
This Book to My Wife

In Whose
Presence it was written, yet who
Before it came from the press
Left me alone


I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill, but TIME and CHANCE happeneth to them all.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Prologue

Why and how the Shakespeare-Bacon Controversy came about

xix

I. The Setting of the Stage

The Elizabethan Age and its Influence in shaping the Thoughts and Acts of the Men of the Time

1

II. The Theme

The Greatest Birth of Time--The "Shakespeare" Works and how they have been regarded by Commentators and Critics

19

III. The Ghost of Hamlet
William Shakspere of Stratford--In London--His Favorite Role

32

IV. The Greatest of Literary Problems

All that is known of him and supposed to be known of him-- An attempt to ascertain if the Author's Face shows in his Offspring--As seen by his contemporaries-- The Quartos--The Folios--Henslowe's Diary--Plays excluded from the First Folio-- Second, Third, and Fourth Folios--Blind Guides

65

V. A Study of Other "Shakespeare" Plays

Do they reflect the same Face?

163

VI. Mythical Relics

A Criticism of all the Relics in Existence accredited to the Actor with Comparative Illustrations

224

VII. A Crucial Question

An essay in Graphology--Facsmiles from Will and other Documents--A Critic criticized, etc.

269

VIII. Francis Bacon, Viscount St. Albans, Baron Verulam of Verulam

A Review of his life from the Various Angles of his Biographers from Rawley to Spedding-- His Role-- The Promus-- The Northumberland Manuscript

297

IX. The Sonnets

The Great Assizes Holden in Parnassus

378

X. The Red Cross

A Study of the Cult and its Bearing on the Secret of Bacon's Life

392

XI. Symbolism

What it was and the Use it anciently performed--WaterMarks--Cryptograms-- Title -Pages--Anagrams--Acrostics

405

XII. Anonymous and Pseudonymous Authorship

Edmund Spenser

436

XIII. A Literary Syncrisis

Peele--The Arraignment of Paris--David and Bethsabe

464

XIV. Masks

Robert Greene--Christopher Marlowe--Thomas Kyd--Burton

479

XV. Thumb Marks

Curious Proofs determining the Authorship of the "Shakespeare" Works

489

XVI. Ciphers

The Word Cipher--Method of Applying--The Biliteral Cipher--The Ciphers in Bacon's Works--The "Argenis"--Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex--The Queen's Ring

521

Epilogue

A Summary showing where the Actor and the Courtier were, and what they were doing at Stated Periods of their Lives

615

Bibliography

633

Index

665

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