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The Play That Solves the Shakespeare Authorship Mystery

The Allegory of Francis Bacon's Natural Philosophy in THE TEMPEST

ByDonald Elfenbein

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This short book gathers together and documents a number of incontrovertible but little-noticed facts that speak Shakespeare's true name loudly and clearly. Written for general readers and scholars alike, it systematizes and extends the investigations of the pioneering researchers who first published, more than a century ago, the provocative contention that Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST contains an allegory of Francis Bacon's natural philosophy. The essay demonstrates that fourteen elements of this play having to do with the magus Prospero, the spirit Ariel, and the witch Sycorax resemble and represent fourteen Baconian ideas, several of which are peculiar to Bacon. Those ideas include not only the general methodological prescriptions for which he is famous but also his unique and largely forgotten conjectures about the inner workings of nature. These numerous and striking parallels between elements of the play and elements of Bacon's philosophy, the author argues, together constitute persuasive proof that Bacon wrote this celebrated drama.

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Publication Date
Feb 9, 2023
Language
English
ISBN
9781365301216
Category
History
Copyright
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
Contributors
By (author): Donald Elfenbein

Specifications

Pages
136
Binding
Perfect Bound
Interior Color
Black & White
Dimensions
Novella (5 x 8 in / 127 x 203 mm)

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