To commemorate the publication of Shakespeare’s First Folio of plays and to honor the work of authorship doubters worldwide, the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship has initiated and is celebrating the first annual Shakespeare Authorship Mystery Day on November 8, 2017.
The First Folio, called the “book that gave us Shakespeare,” was registered at the Stationers’ Company on November 8, 1623. This volume plays a key role in the authorship debate, as it is one of the few pieces of evidence that William Shaksper of Stratford-upon-Avon was the writer William Shake-speare. As a growing number of authorship skeptics have demonstrated over the years, however, this posthumous evidence is extremely problematic. It’s a fine mystery indeed.
Doubts about the identity of the author of the Shakespeare canon have existed since the works were written, and have been openly explored for the past 200 years. Over nine thousand articles have been published about our candidate alone, Edward de Vere, and there are other candidates with strong claims that should be seriously examined and considered by everyone who cares about fairness and truth. The SOF invites all doubters to celebrate the day by sharing their burning questions and their best evidence for their candidate. Got doubt? Share it!