Katherine Chiljan, an independent scholar on the subject, discusses the controversy surrounding the authorship of William Shakespeare’s plays. She talks about who evidence suggests the writer really was and speculates on the potential politics behind the “identity theft” in the 17th century and why the deception may have occurred.
She also considers the intense pushback at universities today against the evidence that proves the “Stratford Man” was not the real author of the classic works. Chuck and Mark talk about how prevalent this stubborn thinking is among liberal college professors.
Chiljan explains that when you know the truth about the real Shakespeare, the entire experience is much richer.
Also on the show, Chuck and Mark talk about the list of gun-related legislation that President Trump has recently called for, the strange phenomenon of World Hijab Day, and the recent loss of Billy Graham.
About the guest:
An independent scholar, Katherine Chiljan has studied the Shakespeare authorship question for over 30 years. A graduate of U.C.L.A. in history, Chiljan became interested in the controversy when she saw a TV debate about Shakespeare’s identity between an orthodox Shakespeare professor and a proponent of the 17th Earl of Oxford. The “Oxfordian” case was very convincing and inspired her to do her own research. Thereafter Chiljan has debated English professors on the authorship question at the Smithsonian Institution, U.C. Berkeley, and the Mechanics’ Institute Library in San Francisco.
Chiljan was inspired to write Shakespeare Suppressed: The Uncensored Truth About Shakespeare and His Works (2011) after watching a prominent English professor insult doubters of the traditional Shakespeare on national television. The book took almost 7 years to complete and earned her an award for distinguished scholarship from Concordia University, Portland, OR (2012). Chiljan was also a contributing author to the ebook, Contested Year (2016), which exposed “Errors, Omissions and Unsupported Statements” in English Professor James Shapiro’s book, The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606. Chiljan has served as editor of an Oxfordian newsletter, and has published the surviving letters of the 17th Earl of Oxford (Letters and Poems of Edward, Earl of Oxford, 1998).