Shakespeare--Who Was He? The Oxford Challenge to the Bard of Avon

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Some forty-five years ago I served in the U.S. State Department with Charlton Ogburn. At that time, he was stationed in Jakarta, Indonesia, and had strong views about the future of the French and Dutch colonial regimes in Southeast Asia

He also had strong views about the Shakespeare authorship question. He persuaded me that it was improbable that the man from Stratford-on-Avon could have written Shakespeare's works and much more probable that they had sprung from the pen of Edward de Vere, earl of Oxford. During the intervening years much new information has come to light, the Oxfordian hypothesis has been strengthened, and Charlton Ogburn published his landmark book. I believe the considerations favoring the Oxfordian hypothesis, as presented by him and by Richard Whalen, president of the Shakespeare Oxford Society, are overwhelming

I have devoted most of my life to the practice and theory of politics. For me, Shakespeare is the supreme commentator on the human condition and the realities of the political society in which men and women must live. In dramatic poetry of unsurpassed force and beauty he shows us the tension between the aspirations of the individual and the constraints of society. Human passions that ignore these constraints have fatal results

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