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Margit & Reinhard Greiling: How We Became Oxfordians

Our interest in Shakespeare started with the theatre in Germany, where we attended performances of favourite authors, such as Čechov, Ibsen, Schiller, and, mostly, Shakespeare. From the named “continental” authors, we knew something of their biography and understood that, for ...

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Donald Miller: How I Became an Oxfordian

My path to becoming an Oxfordian began in 1995, when I came across a book by Richard Whalen titled “Shakespare: WHO WAS HE? The Oxford Challenge to the Bard of Avon, published the previous year. Up until that point, while ...

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Hank Whittemore: How I Became an Oxfordian

It began, for me, while acting in college productions of Othello and Hamlet. I fell in love with the characters, words, scenes and how the playwright developed the dynamics of his stories for the stage. I loved the character of ...

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Jepke Goudsmit & Graham Jones: How We Became Oxfordians

We had been creating original work for our Company since its founding in 1975. Now in 1998 we deviated from that course to undertake an experiment: tackling the most performed, interpreted and translated English play under the sun: The Tragical ...

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Sam Saunders: How I Became an Oxfordian

Becoming an Oxfordian was not sudden. I had heard as a young man that Mark Twain did not  believe that ”Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare.” What convinced me it was not the man from Stratford, came later, reading Henry V.  I thought it odd when Harry Leroy ...

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Lanny Cotler: How I Became An Oxfordian

I’m not an academic with deep knowledge of Shakespeare let alone 16th/17th century English theater. But I love the Canon and good literature and words and feelings…and writing…. Reflecting about what it means to write—about the very process—I imagine the ...

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Gary Goldstein: How I Became an Oxfordian

I was 33 years old at the time and had just arrived at the office. Before starting work, I scanned the front page of The New York Times for September 25, 1987 to take in the three-column headline: “You-Know-Who Wrote ...

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Esther Singleton: How I Became an Oxfordian

Esther Singleton (1865-1930), was a prolific American author and journalist. Her dozens of books included topics such as furniture, European cities, and The Shakespeare Garden. Singleton‘s essay was written in 1921 and first published in the June/July 1940 (Vol. 1/4) issue ...

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John Gerhard Shuck: How I Became an Oxfordian

I have been convinced Shaksper did not write Shakespeare since I came across Dorothy and Charlton Ogburn Jr.’s book Shake-speare, the Man Behind the Name over three decades ago. The first thing I noticed was, of course, the signatures. The ...

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Piet-Hein Zijl: How I Became an Oxfordian

My name is Piet-Hein Zijl, living in Zaanstad, a town just north of Amsterdam, Holland. My age is 69, I worked as a teacher and artist (made pen drawings, etchings), am a reader of poetry in public and as a ...

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