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Release: April 2, 1999
UI alumnus Matson weighs in on Shakespeare authorship
dispute in April 12 lecture
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa theater alumnus
Lowell Matson will present an illustrated lecture on "A Wounded Name, or The
Passions of an Oxfordian" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 12 in Room 304 of the
UI English-Philosophy Building. The lecture, sponsored by the UI department
of theatre arts and the UI English department, is free and open to the public.
When Matson identifies himself as an "Oxfordian," he indicates
that he is taking sides in a raging international controversy about the authorship
of the works attributed to William Shakespeare. Oxfordians argue that these
plays and poems were written not by the uneducated actor from Stratford but
by the learned nobleman Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford. Matson's
talk is subtitled, "A personal pilgrimage in honor of the Earl of Oxford."
The recipient of three UI degrees -- a Bachelor of Fine
Arts in 1947, a Master of Arts in 1950, and a doctorate in 1953 -- Matson
served on the faculties of the University of Florida, the University of Kansas
City, Purdue University, Fairleigh Dickinson University and the City University
of New York. He has been published widely in the humanities and the arts,
and he is a noted collector of Shakespeariana.
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paul Zindel said of
Matson's Oxfordian lecture, "Lowell Matson's impact as a speaker is not only
powerful and dynamic, it is at once brilliant, impeccably researched and unforgettable.
Dr. Matson's presentation on the true Shakespeare is a completely spellbinding
mystery -- fresh, convincing and explosively controversial. His theories and
hypnotic visuals are sure to make the adrenaline flow."
Matson has prepared a special version of his lecture specifically
for his UI presentation, including reminiscences of his UI experiences.
"It is the history of my physical and intellectual journey
to discover the truth about the authorship," he explains. "It is an exploration
of the facts, and it will describe my journey to England to cover the actual
ground and view some of the extant evidence. It is illustrated with many photographs
I took there."
For his UI audience, he will also share memories about
the legendary "Boss" of the UI theater department, E.C. Mabie, who was the
chair of Matson's doctoral committee.