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Justice John Paul Stevens Named ‘Oxfordian of the Year’ [SOS Blog]

For Immediate Release

Stevens headshotMedia Contacts:
Alex McNeil
Shakespeare Fellowship

Matthew Cossolotto
Shakespeare Oxford Society

Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Receives 2009 ‘Oxfordian of the Year Award’

Justice Stevens – a long-time doubter that William Shakespeare of Stratford-on-Avonis the real Bard – is recognized for his interest in and support of the Oxfordian thesis

WASHINGTON, DC – November 25, 2009 – The Shakespeare Fellowship and the Shakespeare Oxford Society announced that the two organizations have jointly presented the 2009 “Oxfordian of the Year Award” to John Paul Stevens, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Justice Stevens has long doubted whether William Shakespeare of Stratford-on-Avon is the real Bard.

The award was conferred jointly by the Shakespeare Fellowship and the Shakespeare Oxford Society, the two leading American organizations that promote the case for Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, as the true author of the works attributed to Shakespeare.

On November 12, 2009, representatives of the two groups – Alex McNeil, Thomas Regnier, Michael Pisapia, and Melissa Dell’Orto – traveled to Washington, DC, where they presented a plaque to Justice Stevens, recognizing him for his “interest in” and “support of the Oxfordian Thesis.”

Appointed to the high court by President Ford in 1975, Justice Stevens has been interested in the Shakespeare authorship problem since 1987, when he participated in a moot court on the topic at American University. In an article published by The Wall Street Journal (April 18, 2009: Click Here), Justice Stevens expressed his view that “the evidence that (Shakespeare of Stratford) was not the author is beyond a reasonable doubt.”

About The Shakespeare Fellowship
The Shakespeare Fellowship was founded in 2001 to promote research and education on the Shakespeare authorship question and the recognition of Edward de Vere as the true author.

About The Shakespeare Oxford Society
Founded in 1957, New York-based Shakespeare Oxford Society is a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to exploring the Shakespeare authorship question and researching the evidence that Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford (1550 – 1604) is the true author of the poems and plays of “William Shakespeare.”

Other useful sites include: www.doubtaboutwill.org, www.authorshipstudies.org, www.shakespearebyanothername.com, www.deveresociety.co.uk.

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