Saturday, July 21, 2012

Mary Sidney update

Okay, World’s Worst Blogger strikes again. I don't know why I have so much trouble blogging when so many interesting things have happened over the past couple of years.

I am so pleased to announce that Mary Kimball Outten created a lovely CD of music from Mary Sidney's time. It is a stunning collection of renaissance and original music that Mary Outten has composed and arranged, accompanied by several other professional musicians. It is the perfect thing to transport you into the world of Mary Sidney. The CD can be purchased on her site:

The Mary Sidney Society is still going strong. We are updating the web site shortly to switch from credit cards to PayPal for membership, which will make it much easier on everyone. 

The movie Anonymous came out (about Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, as Shakespeare) with great fanfare and quickly disappeared. So many issues with that film that I don't even want to get started. 

I've been teaching a course in the Shakespeare Authorship MA at Brunel U. in London, "Shakespeare the Collaborator," that explores the authorship attribution studies that "prove" Shakespeare collaborated or coauthored several of the plays. There is a fascinating parallel with the attribution studies and the Shakespeare authorship issue, with many of the same pitfalls. And in the course we become very familiar with the stylistics and prosody that make the Shakespearean works different from all others. 

I'm now working on my doctorate through Brunel, going back to original documents and traditional stories to see exactly what facts we can count on in Shakespeare's mythology. I am constantly amazed at how the simplest of facts have been twisted and distorted and enlarged to make something happen in Shakespeare's life and supposed career.

The paperback edition of Sweet Swan of Avon: Did a Woman Write Shakespeare came out in December 2011 and is available on Amazon. I updated it, added a few pieces, clarified some issues, cleaned up some things, etc. I have yet to update the book links on the site and others. sigh. Web site work is never done. 

I continue to do presentations about Mary Sidney as author whenever someone asks. And work continues on a feature film about Mary, but I'm not allowed to talk about that.  :-)  Hopefully when my dissertation is complete, I will be able to promote Mary Sidney a lot more. She certainly deserves a better PR person than me! 

And here's a thank-you shout to those of you who have written me with warm words of encouragement and who are spreading the news about Mary. Thank you!!! And carry on!

Robin P. Williams