KATHERINE CHILJAN is an independent scholar who has studied the Shakespeare authorship question for over 30 years. She has debated the topic with English professors at the Smithsonian Institution and at the Mechanics’ Institute Library in San Francisco. She has written several articles for Shakespeare-Oxford Newsletter, and served as its editor for two years. She is currently on the Research Grant committee for the Shakespeare-Oxford Fellowship.
Chiljan has given talks on the Shakespeare Authorship Question in numerous public libraries, clubs, universities, and bookstores throughout California. She is a frequent guest on radio shows and podcasts, including “Coast to Coast-AM” in 2018.
William Shakespeare is the most celebrated and most read poet and dramatist in history, but his personal life and artistic life is a mystery. How did he obtain the extensive learning and experience displayed in his works? When were his plays written and why were his works so often pirated by printers? Although publicly lauded during his lifetime, why was Shakespeare's death not noticed by those in the literary world near the time that it had occurred? These are only a few problems that the Shakespeare professor cannot answer definitively after two centuries of scholarship.
Much contemporary evidence, however, is available that can shed light on many of these problems -- evidence that gets ignored because it does not fit the experts' picture of Shakespeare. This evidence overwhelmingly indicates that 'William Shakespeare' was the great author's pen name, and that he was a nobleman. It shows that he wrote decades earlier than believed, and initially for the private entertainment of Queen Elizabeth I and her court.
Episode 16 - Who Was the REAL William Shakespeare? with Katherine Chiljan