William Strachey's "True Reportory" and Shakespeare: A Closer Look at the Evidence

  title={William Strachey's "True Reportory" and Shakespeare: A Closer Look at the Evidence},
  author={Alden T. Vaughan},
  journal={Shakespeare Quarterly},
  pages={245 - 273}
  • A. Vaughan
  • Published 14 September 2008
  • Linguistics
  • Shakespeare Quarterly
Challenges to The Tempest's reliance on William Strachey's 1610 True Reportory (first published in 1625) as an inspiration and a source have proliferated in the past fifteen years. Those challenges were once confined to anti-Stratfordian publications but now appear increasingly in mainstream journals, despite the revisionists' serious distortions of the texts and contexts they attempt to overturn. By contrast, this essay argues that the evidence is very strong that Strachey's letter circulated… 

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