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How Did You Become an Oxfordian?

The SOF launches a periodic series of essays from members called, “How I Became an Oxfordian.”

Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford -- the real "Shakespeare"?

Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford — the real “Shakespeare”?

The SOF welcomes Bob Meyers, President Emeritus of the National Press Foundation, who will edit this series. Bob wants to hear from you about how you became an Oxfordian. 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. See the Style Sheet below to find out how to submit your essay.

Bob Meyers is a former reporter for The Washington Post, and a former assistant city editor at the San Diego Union. While at The Post, he worked on the Watergate investigation, focusing on the “dirty tricks” campaign that was a part of the paper’s Pulitzer Prize winning Public Service package. As a Post staffer he was nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize. He has written two books, Like Normal People and D.E.S.: The Bitter Pill.

In 1993, Bob joined the National Press Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate and train journalists on critical issues confronting the public. He was appointed president of the foundation in 1995 and retired in 2015. Bob has been director of the Harvard Journalism Fellowship for Advanced Studies in Public Health. He has lectured at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Tsinghua University in Beijing, and in Lithuania, Poland and Estonia, among other places.

You can read Bob’s own story about how he became an Oxfordian here:

Please send us your story. See the Style Sheet below for guidelines. Articles should be 500 words or less and sent to info@shakespeareoxfordfellowship.org.

You can join the SOF or renew your membership at our membership page.

“How I Became an Oxfordian”

Style Sheet

Dear Contributing Member:

  • Thank you for offering to write an informal story about how you became convinced Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, was the author or co-author of the plays, poems and sonnets attributed to William Shakespeare of Stratford. We find that the personal stories of our members are often fascinating, and believe that others will want to read them. This educational opportunity is being offered only to members of SOF and no others will be allowed to submit.

About You:

  • This will be a first person piece, which means we will use your real name as the author.
  • Please provide a phone number or an email address that may be used to contact you. That personal information will NOT be published or released in any way.
  • Be informal and conversational in your writing. Walk us through the process by which you became convinced de Vere was the guy. Don’t hesitate to show us your excitement as you gain new insights.
  • If certain books or lectures were important to you, let the readers know that too.
  • Please use a spell-check program to make sure the titles and names are spelled correctly.
  • At least two SOF editors will review your submission. You will be notified once the piece is ready to go.

About Your Article:

  • Limit yourself to no more than 500 words.
  • Please submit your entries in digital format to: info@shakespeareoxfordfellowship.org.
  • Please make sure your word processing system is “unlocked” so that the article can be edited by us.
  • Articles do not need to be footnoted but it must be clear who or what is being discussed.
  • Please add a brief note about yourself at the end of the piece (“John J. Smith is a businessman in San Francisco.”)
  • Please submit a digital picture of yourself, similar to those that appear on Facebook or Twitter. It will appear in the article.

Thanks from the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship team!

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