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"True Shakespeare" Believers Descend Upon Ashland


The world would indeed be a different place if our region's top professional theater were called "The Oregon de Vere Festival."  Who?  Exactly. 

But a surprising number of people insist that "William Shakespeare" was either not a real guy, or not the guy who wrote all those plays. 

The Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship points to evidence that indicates Edward de Vere, the Earl of Oxford, is the true author. 

The Oxfordians invade Ashland this weekend (September 24-27) for their annual conference. 

Scholars Ros Barber, Kevin Gilvary, and Alexander Waugh spend the hour laying out the case that Oxford was the true Shakespeare.  

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.