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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.

Stuart Marlow: How I Became an Oxfordian

At school and college in Leeds and Reading in the England of 1960s and 70s, all my tutors tended to concentrate on Shakespeare’s work, not his  identity. Without exception they claimed there was too much uncertainty to get bogged down ...

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Amanda Hinds: How I Became an Oxfordian

My acceptance of the circumstantial evidence that Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, was the ‘towering figure’ 1 behind the works of William Shakespeare started with reading Contested Will .2 To quote Mark Anderson, ‘Shapiro has in a sense ...

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Jonathan Dixon: How I Became an Oxfordian

In school we were introduced to Shakespeare’s sonnets with the usual explanation:  Shakespeare wrote them as “poetic exercises on stock themes” to show off to his friends.  My response?  “If he didn’t really care about them, why should I?” Several ...

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Heward Wilkinson: How I Became an Oxfordian

I was born at the end of the European War in 1945, into an English literary family with connections to the Bloomsbury Set. I studied English at school, early aware of Shakespeare; I reached him by way of Middleton Murry’s ...

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Elke Brackmann: How I Became an Oxfordian

Obediently and happily I followed the pattern of understanding the Bard’s life at my University of Innsbruck in the seventies. Absorbing everything that led to a more profound understanding of his works, I was mildly disappointed to learn all about ...

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William Ray: How I Became an Oxfordian

In the October 1991 issue of The Atlantic was an exchange between Tom Bethell and Irvin Matus about the author of the Shakespeare works. I read those pages with interest. Neither was a scholar. Strangely, there were no professors engaged ...

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Julie Bianchi: How I Became an Oxfordian

When I was a teenager growing up in Northern California at the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, Shakespeare was Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey in velvet clothing stroking each other and panting poetic dialogue in amber-tinged moonlight. The author ...

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John Varady: How I Became an Oxfordian

Soon after reading Julius Caesar in Junior High school I became a ‘Bardolator.’ Later, while taking Latin, I immersed myself in the history of late Republican Rome. Shakespeare’s knowledge of the period amazed me, especially when I learned how little ...

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Theresa Lauricella: How I Became an Oxfordian

When I was ten, my father purchased a set of classics bound in rich green leather with gold leaf edges. The volumes included works by Voltaire, Cervantes, Twain, and many others. Shakespeare’s works, in four volumes, were included too. As ...

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Mark Alexander: How I Became an Oxfordian

I read Charlton Ogburn’s The Mysterious William Shakespeare as a graduate student in English. I recall that as I read, the coincidences between the plays and the Earl of Oxford’s life piled up, especially in Hamlet. I was still skeptical, ...

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