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Chiljan: Origins of Pen Name Shakespeare

Katherine Chiljan

Katherine Chiljan

The video of Katherine Chiljan’s Ashland conference presentation “Origins of the Pen Name ‘William Shakespeare’” is now available on the SOF website. As Chiljan stated, “The great author told us that ‘William Shakespeare’ was a pseudonym in Venus and Adonis and in his sonnets. Several of his contemporaries believed this, too, as related in printed references, and by including a hyphen in the surname.” The purpose of her presentation is to explain why the great author chose “William Shakespeare” as a pen name, and present evidence of its existence before its 1593 print debut.

Katherine Chiljan has studied the Shakespeare authorship question for over 30 years. In 2011, she wrote Shakespeare Suppressed: the Uncensored Truth about Shakespeare and his Works, which earned her an award for distinguished scholarship at Concordia University (2012). A former editor of the Shakespeare Oxford Newsletter, Chiljan has published two Oxfordian anthologies, Dedication Letters to the Earl of Oxford (1994) and Letters and Poems of Edward, Earl of Oxford (1998). Chiljan (B.A. History, U.C.L.A.) has debated professors on the authorship question at the Smithsonian Institution, The Mechanics’ Institute Library, and U.C. Berkeley.

You may now access this and other videos of SOF conference presentations in one place: the SOF Conference Videos page. The page currently includes Bonner Miller Cutting’s talk on wardship at the 2014 Madison conference and Tom Regnier’s talk on evidence at the 2015 Ashland conference, with more to come in the future.

You can support the SOF’s goal of making more conference videos available to the general public by joining the SOF or renewing your membership for 2016.

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