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To purchase a copy of The Case for Edward de Vere as the real William Shakespeare, go to Amazon or House of Books. Mr. Baker will donate the proceeds of his sales to the Kent Memorial Library from any source.



Press Release 8/31/20

(Kent, Connecticut) – The Kent Memorial Library is pleased to announce a book talk to present the newly published work of Kent resident John Milnes Baker. On Thursday, September 17, 2020, Mr. Baker will discuss his work, The Case for Edward de Vere as the real William Shakespeare.

Whether William Shakespeare was or was not the author we all studied in high school has been the subject of great debate for generations. “This talk is simply an elementary introduction to what is surprisingly a heated – and at times even an acrimonious debate,” remarks Baker.

Here are some comments about The Case for Edward de Vere as the real William Shakespeare:

“When he (John) invited me to attend the Shakespeare Oxford Centennial Symposium in Washington DC, I was skeptical but went along out of family loyalty. Even with a Ph.D in literature, I had never had any reason to consider seriously the question of whether deVere wrote the works we know as Shakespeare’s. But I saw enough at the symposium to become intrigued by the question and impressed by the level of scholarship being carried out by a number of Oxfordians. This book is a useful summary of some of the main biographical arguments for the case in an accessible format suitable for children or the general adult reader,” discloses Baker’s cousin, Annie Finch.

“This booklet is an excellent introduction to the evidence for Edward de Vere as the author of the Shakespeare canon. There is a lot to know about de Vere: his early childhood education, his travels in Italy, his later life including the annual 1,000 pound annuity given to him by Queen Elizabeth. Baker presents the facts in a fluent narrative that is easily accessible to people who are new to the Shakespeare Authorship Question. This booklet is a great point of departure for a fascinating journey into history’s greatest literary mystery!” says verified purchaser of the booklet, Bonner Miller Cutting.

“I vaguely heard about the Shakespeare authorship question. Then I came across John Milnes Baker’s highly readable, succinct, and engaging introduction to the case for Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, as the true Bard. This is a wonderful and lively treatment of the topic guaranteed to intrigue readers into exploring more about this literary whodunit,” says reviewer John Kilroy.

John Milnes Baker has done a great service to Shakespeare authorship enthusiasts by concisely summarizing the key facts of the life of Edward de Vere (17th Earl of Oxford) and why he is likely the true author behind the “Shakespeare” pseudonym. It’s especially helpful that he points the reader to key background sources in case they wish to delve further into the details and documentary record — as I suspect many will,” says another verified purchaser of the booklet, Bryan H. Wildenthal.

Kent resident Baker is an award-winning architect who specializes in Residential Design – New Homes, Alterations and Additions, and Historic Preservation. He was a 2018 recipient of Marquis Who’s Who Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award as a “leader in the field of architecture.” The Connecticut Chapter of the AIA and The Fairfield Museum History Center cosponsored Mr. Baker’s two-part program on the History of the American House in the spring of 2019.

Mr. Baker is the author of American House Styles: a Concise Guide originally published by W.W. Norton & Co. in 1994. A new expanded edition was published in July 2018.  He is also the author of How to Build a House with an Architect, published in 1988 by Harper & Row. As an adjunct professor, he taught courses on the History of the American House at The New School in New York City.

A fine-arts graduate of Middlebury College, Mr. Baker earned a masters degree in architecture from Columbia University. A member of the American Institute of Architects, he is registered with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards in Washington DC and is licensed in several states. Mr. Baker is also a member of the Society of Architectural Historians and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He served for over twenty years as an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association. A long-time member of the Katonah Historic District Advisory Commission when he lived in Bedford NY, he also served on the Bedford Historic Building Preservation Commission. After moving to South Kent, CT in 2005, he was asked to stay on the preservation commission as a paid consultant. A former member of Kent Affordable Housing, Mr. Baker also served on the Kent Architectural Review Board for several years from its inception.

Come see and hear why the subject of Shakespeare has been such a heated debate for generations. The lecture, presented on Zoom, is free & open to the public. You must register in order to receive the zoom link. For more information, go to

To purchase a copy of The Case for Edward de Vere as the real William Shakespeare, go to Amazon or House of Books. Mr. Baker will donate the proceeds of his sales to the Kent Memorial Library from any source.