Lynne and I are thrilled to announce that our book, A Movable Feast: Sources, Chronology and Design of Shakespeare’s Tempest, has been accepted by McFarland publishers.
Although some of the book’s conclusions have previously appeared in our peer-reviewed articles as reproduced on this site, the book also contains a wealth of new material supporting the theory of a play written at least by 1603 for Shrovetide performance.
Contrary to longstanding belief, the play’s New World imagery is derived not from William Strachey’s account of a 1609 shipwreck in Bermuda, but from Richard Eden’s 1555 Decades of the New World. The book will include detailed point-by-point rebuttals to two newly published critiques of our work: one by Alden Vaughan (2008) in Shakespeare Quarterly and another by Tom Reedy (2010) in Review of English Studies, showing how their misplaced confidence in traditional authority has led to misinterpretations of the evidence of the date and influence of Strachey’s manuscript.
While many books have been published in recent months advocating the “Oxfordian” theory of Shakespearean authorship, ours will be the first to directly challenge the longstanding orthodox belief that Oxford could not have been the author because he died in 1604, before the Tempest and several other plays were written. At least in the case of the Tempest, that argument is no longer credible.