The Winter 2016 issue of the Shakespeare Oxford Newsletter is now available online and in print. All members may download the online version, and the printed version is in the mail to members who paid for it as part of their membership. In order to download the newsletter online, you must use the special password that was recently sent to members by email. If you are a 2016 member and don’t have this year’s password, please send an email to: email@example.com.
Newsletter editor Alex McNeil, leads off this issue with “New Evidence of Oxford in Venice” by Michael Delahoyde and Coleen Moriarty, which details their exciting discovery in the Venetian archives. Even if you heard Michael’s presentation at the Ashland conference or saw the video of it, you will learn still more from this fascinating article. The news section includes a report on Contested Year, the anti-Stratfordian response to James Shapiro’s Year of Lear; comments on scientist Peter Sturrock’s latest book; news of the sale of a book owned by Oxford; a meeting with the director of the Folger Library; and an announcement of our first summer seminar, to be held in Ashland, Oregon in August.
The newsletter contains an obituary of John Rollett, who died in October 2015, and a review of his book arguing that William Stanley, the 6th Earl of Derby, was the real Shakespeare. Other books reviewed in this issue are Shapiro’s Year of Lear and Geoffrey Eyre’s The Case for Edward de Vere. Additionally, the newsletter contains Peter Rush’s response to James Norwood’s review of Rush’s book on the sonnets.
If you would like to apply for an SOF research grant or attend the 2016 SOF conference in Boston, the newsletter tells you how. There is also an announcement from the SOF’s newly formed Outreach Committee, which was formed to help the SOF reach new audiences.
Finally, there is part two of C.V. Berney’s article on Cymbeline. Among other things, Berney tells us his theory of how the character Posthumus got his name.
SOF 2016 members may download the newsletter here.
If you are not a current member and would like to have access to the newsletter online or in print, all you have to do is become an SOF member or renew your membership for 2016.[posted February 19, 2016]