Shakespeare Authorship Mystery Program at the Library
November 4, 2011
The public is invited to learn about the fascinating Shakespeare Authorship Mystery in the Foundation Room at Oceanside Public Library Saturday, November 19 at 10:30 am. Who was William Shakespeare? Historians, writers, scientists, scholars—even the US Supreme Court—have argued for more than three hundred years that "William Shakespeare" is the nom de plume of a man who chose, for various reasons, not to publish his poems and plays under his true name. Professor Jane Mushinsky outlines the argument against the real William Shakespeare, an illiterate small-town merchant, and makes the case for a brilliant but troubled aristocrat in an hour long presentation.
A native of Connecticut, Jane Mushinsky holds a BA in literature from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an MA (also in literature) from the University of Virginia. She is a tenured professor at MiraCosta College and has taught literature, writing, research, and critical thinking for more than 20 years. Ms. Mushinsky is the faculty advisor for Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for two-year college students, and a member of the Community College Humanities Association and the Skeptics' Society. Because her position on the Shakespeare authorship question represents a minority of scholars, she can be considered a heretic (but not actually burned at a stake.)