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Shakespeare lectures at SFPL



                SHAKESPEARE AUTHORSHIP QUESTION

        Two Lectures at the San Francisco Public Library

The Book Arts and Special Collections Center of the San Francisco Public
Library and the Shakespeare-Oxford Society present two free public lectures
on the Shakespeare authorship question:

Monday, November 9, 1998, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Charles Burford, "Shakespeare's Sovereign Conception"

Charles Vere, Earl of Burford, is one of the leading lights of the current
Oxfordian movement. Burford is a direct descendant of the Earl of Oxford, and
became convinced of his authorship of Shakespeare in grade school, when in a
literature class students presented papers on how biography affects a writer's
works. With the exception of Shakespeare, there was a direct correlation. As a
student at Oxford University, Burford formed the De Vere Society, which caused
resentment and even threats from some English professors.

Upon graduation, Burford worked in the publishing industry, before accepting a
speaking tour in the United States, sponsored by the Shakespeare-Oxford So-
ciety, which lasted 5 years. His fine talks and excellent speaking style have
impressed audiences all over the country, and increased SOS membership several-
fold. He is a former SOS president and currently resides in England.


Thursday, November 12, 1998, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Peter Dickson, "The First Folio Publication and the Spanish Marriage Crisis"

Peter Dickson worked for more than 20 years as a political-military analyst
at the CIA and the State Department; he often lectures on Greek issues at the
Foreign Service Institute near his home in Arlington, Virginia. He has earned
masters degrees from Harvard, Georgetown and the University of Michigan. In
1978, Cambridge University Press published his book, _Kissinger and the
Meaning of History_.

Dickson's interest in the Shakespeare Authorship Question was piqued after
reading Charlton Ogburn's landmark work, _The Mysterious William Shakespeare_,
for which he wrote a book review in _The Washington Post_. This led him to
investigate the period when Shakespeare's _First Folio_ was published, and he
arrived at a new theory: that the _First Folio_ project was a response to the
tyranny of the Duke of Buckingham and the Spanish Marriage Crisis of 1621-23,
especially in relation to the Earl of Oxford. The Library of Congress conse-
quently sponsored three lectures on the topic by Dickson.

His research has been praised by the Folger Shakespeare Library for high-
lighting, for the first time, the political-historical context surrounding the
_First Folio_, yet apparently reject his conclusions, which clash with the
orthodox Stratfordian position.

Both lectures will be presented in the Latino-Hispanic Community Meeting Room,
L58A, Lower Level, Main Branch of the San Francisco Public Library, Civic
Center. These events are free and open to the public.

The Shakespeare-Oxford Society is holding its 22nd Annual Conference at the
Clift Hotel in San Francisco, November 12-15, 1998. For more information,
please call 415.522.9766.


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