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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 Townsend: How I Became an Oxfordian

Starting at the beginning: In College I enjoyed literature and was thinking of making it my minor study. Shakespeare was virtually the only author without biographic information. A bit unusual. However the halfhearted, disinterested, dreary literature professors put an end ...

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Mary Jane Meeker: How I Became an Oxfordian

Several years ago I read a column by Joseph Sobran.  I could tell he was really upset when he explained that the man he had thought was Shakespeare wasn’t from Stratford on Avon.  He was convinced that the real writer ...

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Colin Wright: How I Became an Oxfordian

It all started because I was feeling sorry for myself. I now spend most of my time writing: novels, plays, and articles—everything except poetry, in fact. And it seemed that nothing since my one earlier academic book was getting accepted ...

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Michael Schaefer: How I Became an Oxfordian

It is a habit of mine to note, with each book I buy, the date of purchase on its first blank page. And so I know that it was in May of 2003 that I bought a copy of the ...

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Mary Lee Cooper: How I Became an Oxfordian

I am 90 years old and continue to be an ardent believer in Edward De Vere as the real Shakespeare. I was a business major at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and have a background of work in a university ...

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Greg Ellis: How I Became an Oxfordian

Forty years ago, when I was an undergraduate at the Australian National University’s Chifley library, I happened to notice a fascinating collection of old books on the Shakespeare Authorship Question. One in particular captured my imagination.  (No, it wasn’t the Oxfordian ...

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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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