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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.

Tom Goff: How I Became an Oxfordian

At Tower Books on Watt Avenue in Sacramento, I first spotted Charlton Ogburn’s The Mysterious William Shakespeare: The Myth and the Reality, in a stack of new books, just after its 1984 release. I had learned to love Shakespeare early. ...

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Steven Sabel: How I Became an Oxfordian

Not long out of high school, while watching Kevin Kline’s Hamlet on PBS with the father of a school friend, he said to me: “You know, Shakespeare didn’t really write Shakespeare. It was Christopher Marlowe.” He told to me to ...

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Rollin DeVere Jr: How I Became an Oxfordian

Names often add or lose letters or syllables through the generations. My father was Rollin R. DeVere Sr.; I’m Jr; my son is III. My Dad’s father was Ellis H. DeVere. Perhaps I’m a Dever or a Devers. Maybe someone ...

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Robert Detobel: How I Became an Oxfordian

I had never heard of Edward de Vere. I was in the first place interested in Hamlet. Possibly I was too benumbed, as many people continue to be today, by the mere sound of the name Shakespeare to undertake some ...

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Justin Borrow: How I Became an Oxfordian

  I came to discover the Shakespearean Authorship Question when I was in grade 9. For me, the most enticing thing about it was the drama. Having been a Shakespeare enthusiast since being first introduced to the works in high ...

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Harold Feldman: How I Became an Oxfordian

Here is another classic from our files. This article was originally published in the Summer 1983 issue of our newsletter. I was never a Stratfordian. I learned my authorship theory as I learned my Shakespeare, and I learned them from ...

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Richard Waugaman: How I Became an Oxfreudian

It was thanks to the New York Times. Much as I admire the important books by Mark Anderson, Thomas Looney, Charlton Ogburn, Joseph Sobran and others, it was the NYT that was pivotal in my own paradigm shift in becoming ...

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Gareth Howell: How I Became an Oxfordian

When I was in Law School at Aberystwyth on the rugged western coast of Wales, it was an occasional delight to drive in summer to the lush English meadows of the Vale of Evesham, and especially to do homage at ...

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Michael Dudley: How I Became an Oxfordian

“Why would anybody believe it?” The teenaged girl’s eyes were wide, her head shaking. She’d come to the front of the school auditorium to speak to Charles Beauclerk, the Earl of Burford, whom I had brought to her Edmonton, Alberta ...

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Charles Pennington: How I Became an Oxfordian

I have become an Oxfordian only recently, having pursued the Shakespeare authorship question for two years. With a liberal arts undergraduate degree and two advanced degrees, in science and business, I have a perspective that is uncommon to many I ...

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