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Charlton Ogburn, Jr. (15 March 1911, Atlanta, Georgia - 19 October 1998, Beaufort, South Carolina) was an author and freelance professional writer. He was the author of over a dozen books and numerous magazine articles. The Marauders (1959), his first person account of the Burma Campaign in World War II, may be his best-known work; it was later made into the film Merrill's Marauders (1962). His account of his travels along the largely deserted north eastern shore in The Winter Beach is considered a classic of nature-writing.

Ogburn was the son of lawyer Charlton Greenwood Ogburn and writer Dorothy Ogburn née Stevens and the nephew of the sociologist William Fielding Ogburn. He was raised in Savannah and New York, graduated from Harvard in 1932 and wrote and worked in publishing. During World War II he joined military intelligence, leaving with the rank of captain. He returned to the US to begin a career with the State Department. After the success of his story The White Falcon (1955) he quit the government to write full-time in 1957. He married Vera M. Weidman in 1951. He was among the first State Department officials to explicitly oppose the growing U.S. involvement in the Vietnam war.

Ogburn is, however, probably most well known for several books and articles on the Shakespeare authorship question, continuing the passion of his parents, who had written several books on the topic, including This Star of England (1952). Ogburn Jr's last and most influential book, The Mysterious William Shakespeare: The Man and the Myth (1984) led directly to the making of a 1987 Frontline documentary on the authorship question, narrated by Al Austin, and a 1987 Moot court case on the authorship question sponsored by American University which over a thousand members of the public attended. Three supreme court justices -- John Paul Stevens, Harry Blackmun, and William J. Brennan -- heard arguments in favor of the orthodox view of Shakespearean authorship and the Oxfordian theory attributing the works to Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford (1550—1604). Although the justices held in favor of the traditional account of authorship, Stevens later authored an influential article, "The Shakespeare Canon of Statutory Construction," in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review (1991), supporting Ogburn's position.

Ogburn's book also inspired a succession of influential articles in The New Yorker (1988), Atlantic Monthly (1991), and Harpers Magazine (1999) and stimulated a reinvigoration of the Oxfordian theory.

Ogburn's papers are archived at Emory College..

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Total Books: 21
The Marauders
2002 - The Marauders (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781585672349
ISBN-10: 1585672343
Genre: History
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

The Man Who Was Shakespeare A Summary of the Case Unfolded in the Mysterious William Shakespeare  The Myth and the Reality
The Mysterious William Shakespeare The Myth  the Reality
The Winter Beach
1990 - The Winter Beach (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780688094188
ISBN-10: 068809418X
Genres: Science & Math, Outdoors & Nature

The Mysterious William Shakespeare
1988 - The Mysterious William Shakespeare (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780747402558
ISBN-10: 0747402558
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The mysterious William Shakespeare The myth and the reality
Railroads The Great American Adventure
1977 - Railroads the Great American Adventure (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780870441899
ISBN-10: 0870441892
Genres: History, Nonfiction
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

Adventure of Birds
1975 - Adventure of Birds (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780688080808
ISBN-10: 0688080804
Genre: Nonfiction

This Star of England William Shakespeare Man of the Renaissance
1972 - This Star of England William Shakespeare Man of the Renaissance (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780837161778
ISBN-10: 0837161770
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Forging of Our Continent
The Forging of Our Continent (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780442062705
ISBN-10: 0442062702

Winter Beach
Winter Beach (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780671780838
ISBN-10: 0671780832
Genre: History

Winespring Mountain
Winespring Mountain (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780688001742
ISBN-10: 0688001742

The Southern Appalachians A Wilderness Quest
The Southern Appalachians a Wilderness Quest (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780688003418
ISBN-10: 0688003419
Genres: History, Travel
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

ShakeSpeare The Man Behind the Name
Shakespeare the Man Behind the Name (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780688024574
ISBN-10: 0688024572

The Adventure of Birds A Uniquely Illuminating Answer to the Question 'What Is It about Birds'
Southern Appalachians A Wilderness Quest
Southern Appalachians a Wilderness Quest (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780688053413
ISBN-10: 0688053416

The Winter Beach
The Winter Beach (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780688077853
ISBN-10: 0688077854
Genre: Science & Math

Forging of Our Continent
Forging of Our Continent (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780828103435
ISBN-10: 0828103437

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