Monthly Archives: June 2009

Janice Liedl requests writers

I’m looking for scholars to write for the Encyclopedia of Elizabethan England to be published by ABC-CLIO, the leading academic reference publishing company.

Topics include important events and institutions from the Tudor and early Stuart era along with biographies of important individuals and explorations of significant texts and ideas. Entries range in length from 250 words to 2000 words. The intended audience includes advanced high school students and lower-level undergraduates, so entries need to be accessible for a general readership.

All contributors to the Encyclopedia receive author credits and access to the online version of the encyclopedia. Contributors who write 3000 words or more also receive a minimum credit of $300 toward the purchase of any ABC-CLIO print or e-book publication, including the Encyclopedia.

If you want to contribute to the project, please drop me an email at with some indication of your scholarly interests.

Janice Liedl, PhD

Pugmire says Anderson is an amateur

There is an ongoing discussion topic of Edward de Vere on Amazon’s Shakespeare Community forum that began last October and has regular current postings. On March 26 Roger Stritmatter posted a brilliant commentary on the discussion. On May 3 W.H. Pugmire said, “Compared to the magnificent and fact-filled biography of Oxford, Alan H. Nelson’s MONSTROUS ADVERSARY, Anderson’s clueless book is the work of an amateur.” — a comment I found monstrously amusing. He’s talking about Mark Anderson’s Shakespeare by Another Name! Pugmire should talk to Nina Green about Alan Nelson.

Amazon’s Edward de Vere topic:

K.C. Ligon memorial June 22, 2009

There will be a Memorial in New York on Monday 22nd June to celebrate the life of the late K.C. Ligon, a dear friend to all Oxfordians.

The memorial will take place from 6.30 pm to 8 pm at the Circle in the Square Theater, on West 50th Street between 8th Avenue and Broadway.

All are welcome.

Matthew Cossolotto, President
Shakespeare Oxford Society

Variety obituary, April 7, 2009:

Caldwell Titcomb on Watertown

Lori DiLiddo and her Watertown gang got a beautiful review of their May 31 symposium, “Who Wrote Shakespeare” by self-confessed, former Oxfordian Caldwell Titcomb writing for The Art Fuse blog — this according to Watertown presenter Marie Merkel who commented on the site in response to Titcomb’s remarks:

Re: Jonson’s prefatory encomium: Oxfordians have given this poem, and Jonson’s role in the First Folio no small amount of scrutiny, so I will, indeed, be building on this body of research in my book. A brief synopsis of my case will appear in the Shakespeare Oxford Society Newsletter in Sept. ‘09.

Bill Boyle will report on the Watertown seminar in the September 2009 SOS newsletter. See a preview at Boyle’s The Lone Oxfordian blog at:

To subscribe to the Shakespeare Oxford Society newsletter, join the SOS.  Application information is available online at:

Information on Merkel’s other book, The First Mousetrap: Titus Andronicus and the Tudor Massacre of the Howards, is available online at:

Caldwell Titcomb, The Art Fuse:

Daniel Wright announces Concordia conference awards

Stephanie Hopkins Hughes, retired editor of the SOS journal, The Oxfordian will receive the Concordia Conference Distinguished Scholarship award. Visit her blog, Politicworm.

From Dan Wright:

Friends, Regarding the April 8-11, 2010 conference, I would like, at this time, to announce the theme of the conference so that paper proposals / abstracts / bibliographies might be prepared and submitted in the next five months before the final deadline of 31 October. The 2010 conference theme will be “The Queen and / in Shakespeare”; papers should focus on significant observations of what likely are allusions to the Queen in the Shakespeare canon with an emphasis on our ability, with the application of sound literary critical tools, to determine their significance in order to assist us in identifying the relationship – if any – of the Crown, in the person of Elizabeth, to the writer who called himself / herself Shakespeare.

The conference’s annual awards, also, will be presented to the following recipients: Distinguished Achievements in the Arts: Chris Coleman; Artistic Director, Portland CentreStage

Distinguished Scholarship: Stephanie Hopkins Hughes; retired Editor, The Oxfordian

Dr Michael Delahoyde; Assistant Professor of English, Washington State University

Hoping, too, to see all of you in August for the annual Seminar on Shakespeare and Religion and (during the Seminar) for the ceremonies that will inaugurate the new multi-million dollar George White Library and Shakespeare Authorship Research Centre. This is the historic event – the establishment of a permanent academic home for the inquiry into the authorship of the Shakespeare canon – that Charlton Ogburn Jr told me he had hoped to live long enough to see; be sure that you are part of it! We’re barely two months away from the occasion! Register at