About Hank Whittemore

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Hank Whittemore

HANK WHITTEMORE has been a Shakespeare authorship researcher since 1987, providing evidence in scholarly articles that the works of “Shakespeare” were written by Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford.

His major research contribution was published in 2005 as THE MONUMENT, providing the first comprehensive, coherent, understandable explanation of the profoundly beautiful, enigmatic poetical sequence of 154 verses entitled SHAKESPEARES SONNETS upon its printing four centuries ago in 1609.

Hank became a professional actor on Broadway at nineteen in Take Her, She’s Mine with Art Carney, with subsequent stage roles including Henry in The Skin of Our Teeth with Helen Hayes.

With a B.A. in Communication Arts from the University of Notre Dame, he was a newspaper reporter before writing the first of his eleven books that include The Super Cops, a bestseller and MGM movie directed by Gordon Parks, and CNN: The Inside Story.

He has written TV documentaries for shows such as The Body Human on CBS and The American Sportsman on ABC, earning two Emmy’s, and more than 100 articles for PARADE Magazine.


Hank peforming "Shake-speare's Treason"

Since 2008 he has been performing a solo show entitled Shake-Speare’s Treason, based on The Monument, written with Ted Story, who directed it.

Published on November 24, 2008 at 4:49 pm  Comments (17)  

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  1. I was delighted to find your “legal” blog and look forward to reading more. I’m a little obsessed with de Vere and have already forwarded your article to one of my friends who happens to practice law – in addition to making fun of me regularly. LOL
    I also work in TV, but probably should just teach literature and be done with it. I have a particular pull for the Sonnets and reading them through lens of a de Vere authorship was like having the camera rack into focus for me. I am interested in reading your work on the subject. Thanks again.

    • Let me know if you’d like me to send you a signed copy of The Monument.

  2. Hi Hank, I’m sure you most likely know this but a recent visit to Shakespeare’s tomb in Stratford I notices a copy of Shakespeare’s birth entry on the wall close to the tomb. It states simply, ” William Shakespeare gent”. Rather sparse don’t you think? I’m wondering if you might want to direct future would be visitors to this fact?

    If this has already been mentioned in your blog, then forgive me I missed it.

    Best wishes.

    Jim Foley (UK)

  3. Sorry Hank, I made a typo. I should have said, entry of death, not birth.


    • Thanks, Jim. I was puzzling over that one:-) Do you have a photo of it? I believe the effort in 1623 with both the bust and inscriptions, plus the Folio, was to focus again on Shakespeare as an actor and playwright, with utterly no connection to the poems and sonnets, or to Southampton. The emphasis on him being a “gent” is there to highlight his commoner status as opposed to nobility much less to royal subject matter in the poems and sonnets. But I’m not sure I know exactly what you’re referring to. If you have more information, let us know. And thanks again – Hank

  4. Yes, Hank. I do have a photo! I would have sent it but I couldn’t find a way to send it to you. Please let me have an email address or some other way I can get it to you. There is another blatant lie on the wall referring to the present day monument, too! I will sent that one also.



  5. Ok, Hank sorted!


  6. Professor Whittemore :

    I just learned of your magnum opus The Monument. Having read Looney, Ogburn et al, I am now a true Believer in de Vere …’e very word ” doth almost tell his name. Our poor library system has no copy of The Monument here in the Great White North of Michigan, and right now I just can’t afford $90 – 100 for one. I could happily pay for Media Mail if you have a spare copy, or a lender’s copy, and don’t know how to vaudir myself to you, but I’d faithfully return it, and swear on the Bard himself to do so! I think you are a man of genius on stage, and in print, and how else may I butter you up?
    Will Shaw

    • Thanks, Will. I am sending you an email.

      • Started to watch Shakes-Speare’s Treason last night late–wonderful!
        Like the pieces of the identity question, the puzzle of the sonnets lovers seems to fall into place as well.

  7. Hank, I just reread your 100 Reasons and noted that Richard Tottel issued ‘Songes and Sonettes (by Henry Howard, late Earle of Surrey and de Vere’s uncle) It was later known as Tottel’s Miscellany and reprinted many times. As I was reading the Folger paperback edition of Hamlet, on p242 in the commentaries I quote, “The words of the gravedigger’s song are found, with variations, printed in Richard Tottels’s Miscellany (1557), entitled “The aged lover renounceth love.”

    • Wow — that’s incredible! Good find! (sorry to delay getting back to you — I was traveling etc)

  8. Greetings Hank! You gave a talk to my grammar school class in White Plains in maybe 1971. I am now a radio producer and just concluded an interview with Joe Pistone and Charles Brandt

    Could I please INTERVIEW you about Super Cops (probably a while back!!). I also noticed you graduated from Notre Dame. Several of my cousins attended.
    I thought of you when I was playing back the Brandt intererview and he was discussing the Joey Gallo hit at Umberto’s Clam House.

    Over the years I’ve gotten some superlative contacts and interviews set up for others now I’m doing them!! Please let me know.

  9. Unusual book(metaphysics) confirms author of Shakespeare…The Disappearance of the Universe..by. Gary R Renard..pages 330-331…FYI

  10. Hi Hank, I’ve just written a screenplay entitled “Not Without Mustard ” which has been rejected by the BBC’s own annual Open Submission. I also noticed your recent attendance at the De Vere Ball in New York and hope you have recovered from the festivities enough to have a glance at my screenplay in order to advise and judge on it’s validity and merit?
    The screenplay is available in pdf and I would need to email that to you?
    My own website on WordPress is:
    My email address can be found there

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