This bibliography is intended as a guide for further reading and study. Almost all the works are from the twentieth century. Many of them have excellent bibliographies, and are so noted. The criteria for inclusion were whether the book is authoritative and influential, whether it is available in stores or libraries or by mail, and whether it is well written and relatively upto-date. Many other books that were consulted, but not included here, are noted in the text and notes.
The single most important book is Charlton Ogburn The Mysterious William Shakespeare: The Myth and the Reality, published in 1984, with a second edition in 1992. Ruth Loyd Miller's two volumes include Looney's pioneer book and a wealth of additional material.
Looney J. Thomas. "Shakespeare" Identified in Edward de Vere, the Seventeenth Earl of Oxford. 3d ed. Edited by Ruth Loyd Miller, with additional material. Jennings, LA70546-1309: Minos Publishing, 1975. A classic, landmark book, first published in London in 1920 by Cecil Palmer ( 2d ed. New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1949, with an introduction by William McFee and afterword by Charles Wisner Barrell ). Miller edition also includes The Poems of Edward de Vere, Seventeenth Earl of Oxford, with Looney introduction and