Last updated: 18 March, 2013
First posted: 30 April, 2008
This article in the Higher Education Supplement was met with almost complete indifference. An emeritus professor of English literature sent us a disgusted response, while a used car salesman from Perth advised us to consider Marlowe. Nevertheless, one of these decryptions is the basis of the complete message contained in our later decryption.
(Adobe Acrobat PDF format, 2.2 Meg) 19 July 2006
This 30 minute programme on ABC Radio National's Artworks programme includes interviews with Brenda James, James Goding and Bruce Leyland.
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(MP3 format, 5.0 Meg) 7 September 2008
If Henry Neville was the writer of the works of Shakespeare we could expect to find Shakespearean vocabulary in his extant letters. William from Stratford left no letters so it is impossible to do this in his case. This paper looks in more detail at four letters written by Neville that are contemporary with seven plays and explores the possibility that he unconsciously used vocabulary from the play he was writing at the time, in letters written during the same period. Dr. John Casson also looks at four contemporary letters as controls. The paper illuminates the political background to the plays and so reveals an entirely new perspective on The Two Noble Kinsmen. This is the most thorough examination of Neville’s letters to date.
Correction: In this paper Casson writes that there are no letters from Neville between his imprisonment in the Tower, 1601 until after his release in 1603. He has since discovered there are extant letters from this period, addressed to Cecil, now at Hatfield House. They are indeed moving and contain significant material: see his paper Reunions in Ephesus, on Neville's psychology (below).
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Dr. John Casson has written a psychological study of Henry Neville, showing how he fits what we would expect for the author of Shakespeare's works. He does this by concentrating especially on three plays, The Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night and Pericles, with references to other works. He reveals new evidence of Neville's authorship of the works of Shakespeare.
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This timeline tracks the major events in the lives of both William Shakespeare and Henry Neville as well as the works now attributed to Shakespeare.
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