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Oxfordian of the Year award presented to Justice Stevens

Melissa Dell'Orto, Thomas Regnier, Justice John Paul Stevens, Alex McNeil, and Michael Pisapia -- November 12, 2009, Washington DC. Credit: Photo by Steve Petteway, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Alex McNeil and Matthew Cossolotto report on presentation of Oxfordian of the Year award to Justice John Paul Stevens:

The Shakespeare Fellowship and the Shakespeare Oxford Society awarded 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, seventeenth 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: “Justice Stevens Renders an Opinion on Who Wrote Shakespeare’s Plays”, Justice Stevens expressed his view that “the evidence that (Shakespeare of Stratford) was not the author is beyond a reasonable doubt.”

May 30 Shakespeare symposium in Watertown, MA

Alex McNeil, Bonner Miller Cutting, Mark Anderson, Marie Merkel and Bill Boyle will speak at a symposium held from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. May 30 at the Watertown Free Public Library, 123 Main St., Watertown Square, MA. A $10 donation is requested to help defray costs including lunch on the day of the event. On the evening before the symposium Hank Whittemore will perform Shake-speare’s Treason at 7 p.m. May 29 at the First Parish of Watertown Unitarian Universalist Church for a suggested donation of $10, students may attend free.

The Saturday event is titled “A Symposium: Shakespeare from the Oxfordian Perspective” and was organized by several of the presenters and others among a group of Oxfordians who live in the Boston area.

Bonner Cutting will speak about Shakespeare’s Will, Mark Anderson will talk about the Cobbe Portrait, Marie Merkel will discuss Ben Jonson & The Tempest, Bill Boyle will talk about the succession crisis in the 1590s, and Alex McNeil will act as master of ceremonies and games-master.

For information, contact the Shakespeare Symposium at info@shakespearesymposium.org or call 617-955-3198.