Roger A. Stritmatter (born 21 October 1958) is a professor of Humanities at Coppin State University and the general editor of Brief Chronicles, an open access journal covering the Shakespeare authorship question. He was a founder of the modern Shakespeare Fellowship, an organization that promotes Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, as the true author of the works of William Shakespeare. He is one of the leading modern-day advocates of the Oxfordian theory of Shakespeare authorship, and has been called the “first professional Oxfordian scholar”.
He was educated at Evergreen State College (B.A. 1981) and the New School for Social Research (M.A., 1988). In 2001 he was awarded a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst on the basis of a dissertation that assumed the authorship of Edward de Vere and accepted the work of Oxfordians J. Thomas Looney, B. M. Ward, and Charlton Ogburn, Jr., as sources on a par with peer-reviewed academic scholarship. It comprised a study of 1,043 marked passages found in de Vere's Geneva Bible, which is now owned by the Folger Shakespeare Library. Stritmatter found that 246 of those (23.6 percent) appear in Shakespeare's works as a theme, an allusion, or a quotation, which is presented as evidence for the Oxfordian theory.
In 2007, Stritmatter and writer Lynne Kositsky published a treatise in the Review of English Studies proposing that William Strachey’s eyewitness account of the 1609 Sea Venture shipwreck on the island of Bermuda, A True Reportory of the Wracke and Redemption of Sir Thomas Gates, Knight, was misdated and largely plagiarized, and arguing that sources earlier than Strachey's letter account for Shakespeare's imagery and wording. The narrative, dated 1610 but not published until 1625, is generally accepted as a source for Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and a composition date later than the first recorded performance of the play would disqualify it as a possible source for the play.
- The Marginalia of Edward de Vere's Geneva Bible: Providential Discovery, Literary Reasoning, and Historical Consequence. University of Massachusetts PhD Dissertation, February 2001.
- "A Law Case in Verse: Venus and Adonis and the Authorship Question." University of Tennessee Law Review 72:1 (Fall 2004): 171-219.
- With Lynne Kositsky, "Shakespeare and the Voyagers Revisted" Review of English Studies 58:236 (September 2007): 447-472.
- With Lynne Kositsky, On the Date, Sources and Design of Shakespeare's The Tempest, McFarland & Company, 2013.
- "Dr. Roger Stritmatter", Faculty Profiles, Coppin State University. Retrieved 10 November 2011.
- Shapiro, James (2010). Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? UK edition: Faber and Faber ISBN 978-0-571-23576-6 (US edition: Simon & Schuster ISBN 978-1-4165-4162-2), p. 207 (196).
- Matus, Irvin. "The Oxfordian Hamlet: The Playwright's the Thing". The Shakespeare Authorship Page. David Kathman and Terry Ross. Retrieved 10 November 2011.
- "Curriculum Vitae", Shake-speare’s Bible.com, accessed 10 Nov 2011.
- Shapiro 2010, pp. 228-9 (215).
- "Bible FAQ". Shake-speare’s Bible.com. Retrieved 10 November 2011.
- Anderson, Mark (2005). "Shakespeare" by Another Name: The Life of Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford, The Man Who Was Shakespeare. Gotham ISBN 978-1-5924-0103-1, pp=381—2.
- Egan, Gabriel, "Shakespeare" in Years Work Eng Studies 2009:88, 345–486; Sec. I, 392–93.
- Vaughan, Virginia, and Alden T., eds. (1999) The Tempest, The Arden Shakespeare, 3rd Series, p. 87.
- Official website
- Shake-speare's Bible.com
- Shakespeare's Tempest.com
- Brief Chronicles: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Authorship Studies