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Series 1
Writings on Shakespeare, 1946-1997

Scope and Content Note

Series 1 includes materials relating to the Ogburns' research and writing to prove that "William Shakespeare" was a pseudonym of the 17th Earl of Oxford, Edward de Vere. Items include correspondence from editors, publishers, supporters and detractors of the Oxford theory, as well as correspondence from the Ogburns as they attempted to persuade numerous persons, including Sir Lawrence Olivier, John Houseman, and Katherine Hepburne, of the validity of their case. The series also contains clippings regarding the authorship question, typescripts of the Ogburns' works, reviews of their studies, and collected printed material. The series is divided into six subseries, organized around materials relating to the four major works written by the Ogburns on the identity of William Shakespeare, The Renaissance Man of England (Charlton, Sr. and Dorothy Ogburn, 1947), This Star of England (Charlton, Sr. and Dorothy Ogburn, 1952), The Mysterious William Shakespeare (Charlton Ogburn, Jr., 1984), and an unpublished manuscript by Dorothy Ogburn, "Elizabeth and Shakespeare: England's Power and Glory," general correspondence regarding the authorship question, and miscellaneous items.

Arrangement Note

Arranged into six subseries: (1.1) The Renaissance Man of England, (1.2) This Star of England, (1.3) The Mysterious William Shakespeare, (1.4) "Elizabeth and Shakespeare: England's Power and Glory," (1.5) General correspondence, and (1.6) Miscellaneous items re: William Shakespeare.

Description of Subseries