Nebraska Authors

Thomas "Penn" Leary

AKA: Publishes as "Penn Leary"

Lawyer and self-taught Shakespeare scholar Leary claims to have found cryptographic evidence in Shakespeare's work that indicates that they were written by Francis Bacon. He has published several books on this theme. Critics suggest that he has indulged in "over-cryptanalysis" and extracted non-existent messages from random patterns of text. Leary seems to have won recognition as an interesting scholar from his critics, without convincing them.

Places Lived

Omaha, NE

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Shakespeare; 16th and 17th century cryptography; Literary History; Aviation


Retired Judge


The Cryptographic Shakespeare : A Monograph Wherein the Poems and Plays Attributed to William Shakespeare Are Proven to Contain the Enciphered Name of the Concealed Author, Francis Bacon. 1987. In HR.
The Second Cryptographic Shakes Peare. 1990.
Are There Ciphers in Shakespeare? (A Supplement to the Book the Second Cryptographic Shakespeare).. 1993.
Ken Chilstrom, Test Flying At Old Wright Field. (co-author), 1995.

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