Roderick L. Eagle with his portrait of Francis Bacon
There is always a need for fresh enquirers, anxious to learn about the Shakespeare authorship problem, about Bacon's life, so far as it is revealed by his more reliable and just biographers, and to undertake research among contemporary documents, many of which remain in obscurity in such archives as those of The Public Record Office, Lambeth Palace, Cambridge University, and in the many chests of unexamined documents in private libraries. The literary-minded may take up such a study as the comparison between the thoughts, opinions, prejudices, choice of expression and use of vocabulary of Shakespeare and Bacon, by which it can become manifest that the philosophical poet and the poetical philosopher were one and the same. The beginner may not realize that he is embarking on the study of a lifetime, which never loses its fascination as new facts are frequently brought to life. From my own experience, confirmed by others whom I have questioned, one becomes a Baconian after losing faith in the Stratford man.-Roderick Eagle from Bacon or Shakespere : A Guide to the Problem 1955
Mr. Eagle was born in 1888 and died on July 17, 1977 at the age of 89. He was educated privately and at the Royal Masonic School, joining the old Marine Insurance in 1904, and retiring as Claims Adjuster in 1947.
He first became interested in the Shakespeare authorship in 1912 and soon entered into newspaper correspondence, persisting until the year of his death to the discomforture of his opponents--as readers of the DailyTelegraph in particular were well aware.
Roderick Eagle joined the Bacon Society, as it was then known, in 1912 and has written three books:
Shakespeare: New Views for Old (1930)
The Secrets of the Shakespeare Sonnets (1965)
He was a competent amateur actor and appeared in leading roles in a number of the Shakespeare Plays, besides producing George Moore's The Making of an Immortal, in which he played Francis Bacon.
Over the years Eagle's knowledge of Shakespeare grew phenomenally, and in 1957 he reached the final of I.T.V's national $6400 Question programme on Shakespeare, failing to win the reward only because of misunderstanding a question.
In 1947 retirement to Cornwall followed, and thereafter his busy pen produced the flow of articles, newspaper correspondence and books, which have entertained and instructed Baconians and the outside world to a unique extent ever since. His primary motive was clear cut: to expose the fraud of the Stratford-upon-Avon stance, and put Bacon's name where it belongs--at the pinnacle of human literary achievement. His inspiration will live on, and we who remain will continue the work which he loved so much.