has been fascinated by Shakespeare since his schooldays, but studied geology
at university in the U.K before working with a scientific publishing house
in Holland and then moving to New Zealand and Australia, where he works
as a research scientist. He has published over 50 scientific papers, mainly
on geology, soils and the New Zealand high country. His book on Shakespeare's
Sonnets is his first foray into the field of English literature. Peter
lives in Hobart with his wife Els, enjoys sailing and bushwalking in his
spare time and has two grown-up children.
SCIENTIST QUESTIONS SHAKESPEARE AUTHORSHIP
A 400-year literary deception?
A new book by a Tasmanian scientist argues that Shakespeare's Sonnets
were not written by the great bard, but by someone even more illustrious.
Sonnets - An Elizabethan Love Story.
Dr. Peter McIntosh
of Hobart questions the traditional academic view that accepts that Shakespeare
wrote the Sonnets. "There is no doubt that there was an actor called
William Shakespeare. But the orthodox belief that the actor Shakespeare
wrote the immortal sonnets is just that - a belief. There is no independent
evidence such as a signed manuscript to prove Shakespeare's authorship."
Dr. McIntosh said there were big problems with the traditional academic
view. "Most of the sonnets are love poems addressed to a good-looking
youth. If Shakespeare wrote the sonnets, the obvious implication is that
he was a homosexual. Would Shakespeare have risked publishing self-incriminating
sonnets in his own lifetime?
McIntosh said that the final piece of evidence that convinced him of Elizabeth's
authorship was the dedication page of the sonnets. "This curious
and ungrammatical piece of writing has puzzled experts for centuries.
It has a strange layout and an unconventional use of full stops. The lines
containing the oddly-chosen words 'BY OUR EVER-LIVING POET WISHETH' are
given special prominence. There is a perplexing reference to a Mr.W.H.,
which has never been satisfactorily explained."
For further information or to purchase a copy of the book, contact
the author at:
+61 (0)3 6234 2372
Shakespeare's Sonnets - An Elizabethan Love Story.
RRP is $17.50.
Otakou Press, 69 Lansdowne Crescent, Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia.