(via Patricia N. Saffran and John Shahan)
Contested Year, a response by anti-Stratfordians to James Shapiro’s The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606, is now available for pre-order on Amazon and will be released as a Kindle e-book on February 9, 2016. Shapiro’s book claims that Shakespeare wrote, not only King Lear, but also Macbeth and Antony & Cleopatra in 1606. Although Shapiro does not explore the authorship question in his book, it is obvious that his argument is an attempt to undermine the Oxfordian theory by alleging that these three major plays could not have been written until after Oxford’s death in 1604.
The Kindle response, whose full title is Contested Year: Errors, Omissions and Unsupported Statements in James Shapiro’s “The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606,” is edited by Mark Anderson, Alexander Waugh, and Alex McNeil. Additional contributors include John Shahan, Katherine Chiljan, Richard Malim, Roger Stritmatter, John D. Lavendoski, Earl Showerman, Wally Hurst, Tom Regnier, Steve Steinburg, Jan Cole, Michael Delahoyde, C.V. Berney, Robert Detobel, Lynne Kositsky, and Christopher Carolan. The cover design is by Jennifer Newton.