Thursday, October 25, 2007

Derran Charlton on Katherine Eggar

In a message dated 10/21/2007 12:23:48 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, Derran Charlton wrote:

Tom Hunter, and Phaeton:

Miss Eggar often addressed the Shakespearean Authorship Society re Edward de Vere and Ferdinando Stanley. The Shakespearean Authorship Society (formerly the Shakespeare Fellowship, founded in 1922) publications No.3 (Spring 1960) and No.5 (Spring 1961), together with her Oxfordian pamphlets, refer.

Miss K. Eggar, A.R.A.M., was a distinguished Vice-President of the Society, alongside Miss Hilda Amphlett, T.L. Adamson, Sir John Russell and William Kent, F.S.A. The Hon. Secretary was Miss Gwynneth M. Bowen. I am fortunate to own several annotated Oxfordian books and pamphlets ex libris Gwynneth. The President of the Society was Christmas Humphreys, Q.C.

Quote from Miss Eggar`s talk to The Shakespearean Authorship Society, 26th November, 1960:

"Miss Eggar drew attention to the significant fact that the "poet"
Shakespeare only comes into existence as the man, Edward de Vere, retires from Court. The question then arises as to where he is to be found at work, and where is the connection with the output of William Shakespeare? The important date to remember was the year 1590, which was a "watershed" in the Authors life. Before this date he writes as a private individual, for, and to, his private friends. Under the name "Shakespeare" he writes for the Public. After the date 1590, the enquirer is in search of a man of middle age, with a wide experience of life, still in touch with the heart of national affairs, but beholding his age and his contemporaries from the standpoint of a dramatist of Life itself. Should he not be found, Miss Eggar said, in the midst of that stage-world, writing for it, running for it a Company of his own. If so, this could explain one of the mysteries of Elizabethan stage chronicles - a phenomenon which occurs in the last decade of Vere`s life. This is the Private Playhouse of the Blackfriars. If the Newcomer, or Enquirer, will look into the plays which were performed at this theatre much might be discovered to illustrate this subject. The expenses connected with the production of such an enterprise could well swallow up even
the legendary wealth of the Earl of Oxford."
Best,
Derran

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