New Book Provides a Compelling Study on the Authorship of “Hamlet”

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Author Sten F. Vedi sheds new light on the Shakespeare authorship controversy

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In the annals of literature, William Shakespeare stands as a figure of legendary status. Who was Shakespeare really? Those who ask should consider the enduring controversy that has surrounded the bard of Avon’s authorship of some of the greatest bodies of work in Western literature. In “Elsinore Revisited”, author Sten F. Vedi challenges the general assumption that Shakespeare was the sole author of “Hamlet”. He provides a compelling analysis of the play, its authorship and evidences that point toward the craftsman behind it.

Insightful and masterfully crafted, Vedi’s book maintains that the plotline and characters in “Hamlet” should have come from someone who was intimately familiar with life, gossip and the intrigues of the Court. This person was of high rank, a feudal prince, in Elizabethan society. According to Vedi, pieces of circumstantial evidence lead to the assumption that Edward de Vere, the seventeenth Earl of Oxford, and even Lord Derby, married to one of de Vere’s daughters, might have been the author or co-authors of “Hamlet, Prince of Denmark”.

“Elsinore Revisited” aims to test the validity of the aforementioned theory with its careful analysis of the plot, characters, social and historical aspects of the play. It will let readers walk in the footsteps of the Queen’s envoys, meeting a colorful cast of real people including Ramelius alias Polonius and also Rosencrantz and Guildenstern who all entered the portrait gallery of famous characters in world literature.

Backed by a discovery of a hitherto overlooked key source as well as renewed readings of other primary and secondary resources, “Elsinore Revisited” is a trove of incisive facts that will equally enlighten and entertain both doubters and believers.

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About the Author
Sten F. Vedi grew up in Norway. He has graduated in English language and literature, political science and history at the Universities of Bergen and Oslo. He has a Ph. D. from the University of Sheffield. For shorter periods, he taught history at the Universities of Bergen and Trondheim, while holding other positions at those universities. He has worked as a University librarian at the University of Trondheim and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, before taking up a position as Associate Professor at the Department of Cultural Studies at Lund University in Sweden. Since retiring from the university, he has taken a deliberate decision to indulge in different areas of knowledge.

Elsinore Revisited * by Sten F. Vedi
Publication Date: August 16, 2012
Picture Book; £24.99; 98 pages; 978-1-4691-5905-8
Picture Book Hardcover; £34.99; 98 pages; 978-1-4691-5906-5

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