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How I Became An Oxfordian

“How I Became an Oxfordian” is a periodic series of essays from members about the origins of their interest in the Shakespeare Authorship question. Every Oxfordian has his or her own story about the events that led to that moment of recognition when it became clear that Oxford had to be the real Shakespeare. Every Oxfordian’s story is unique and an inspiration to other Oxfordians and to people new to the authorship question. Bob Meyers, President Emeritus of the National Press Foundation, is editor of this series and wants to hear from you about how you became an Oxfordian. SOF members, send your essay (500 words or less in an editable form such as a Word document), along with a digital photo of yourself to info@shakespeareoxfordfellowship.org.

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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Robin Phillips: How I Became an Oxfordian

My fascination with Oxford/Shakespeare was a coup de foudre, a sudden jolt. My first brush with Shakespeare came years ago, when as a young woman I was studying acting in London, with tutors from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts ...

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Allan Shickman: How I Became an Oxfordian

I read my first Shakespeare play when I was fourteen.  In those days, Julius Caesar was a high-school freshman’s first exposure to the great playwright.  At that age, youngsters are universally looking for someone to copy.  Should I adopt Beethoven’s frown, my ...

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Elisabeth Waugaman: How I Became an Oxfordian

My first exposure to Shakespeare occurred at our children’s library in a dark paneled room with leaded-glass windows. Searching through the shelves, a book caught my eye. Flipping through it, I discovered the most beautiful illustrations of a magical world. ...

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