In Memoriam Robert Brazil, Oxfordian researcher, died 11 July 2010

Tue, 20/07/2010 - 21:16 -- Heward Wilkinson


Tony hi! - and my thoughts go out to you in relation to Robby's passing.

I, who am one of that peculiar and curious band, starting with Freud himself (!), that are both psychotherapists and Oxfordians, simply knew Robert as a fascinating and energising and open researcher, from the Oxfordian point of view, online. I found and find Elizabethan Authors,
which he edited with Barboura FLues, a marvellous compilation of little known but crucial Elizabethan works, which I would raid periodically for material for my writing, and then I was fascinated also when, in 2009, he launched a kind of diary of the year of the publication of the Sonnets of Shakespeare
that very odd and teasing and uncanny event, which, for anyone with their Oxfordian ear to the ground, shrieks out that this is something incompatible with the orthodox story. Further, as myself someone with a very strong fascination with F W Nietzsche, the grandfather of psychotherapy, I was intrigued to find in Robby a similar fascination, and one related to the authorship issue:

So when I heard of his premature death, I just put this In Memorian statement up on my blog, and as you can see it has drawn a number of reactions from people who knew him and/or were relatives of his.

I know Barboura Flues, who coordinated the tribute now posted on Elizabethan Authors,
is open to include a second additional set of tributes and memories and I would be very glad to give you her email if you were to email me on my Oxfordian email address at

In any case, it is very good to hear from you, and to be reminded of the Cambridge Conference in 2006, and just to let you know I shall be coming to Paris for the EAP meetings in October on the 8th/9th.

Submitted by Heward Wilkinson on

Sandy I have sent you an email privately - please let me know here if you DONT receive it. Heward

Submitted by Sandy Weinberg on


I'm quite surprised by this posting.

I am the Aunt of Robert's son Jessie.

I would be interested in any additional info you could supply as far as Robert's researching etc. so that I could pass this along to his son.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Yours truly,

PS I am not the Howard16 who has been posting to the Guardian - I always post as hewardwilkinson in such settings!


Two weeks ago Jan Scheffer visited me in Frankfurt and told me of you. Suppose you are the Howard16 who's been posting to the Guardian online.
I'm in search of biographic materials on Robert Brazil for an obituary (strange, I've been exchanging many mails, either via ElizaForum or privately).


Dear Robert
I never knew Robert Brazil - just valued him as an extremely gifted key researcher and communicator in the Oxfordian movement.

I don't think you are on Nina Green's forum Phaeton, though you are highly respected there. If you like I can put your request out there and if you send me your email address to me at
which is my Phaeton email address which I use, I'll give it them there, though I imagine many already know it.

Several people there, especially Christopher Paul, have written very moving tributes and I am sure would assist.

All best Heward

Submitted by Tony Brazil on

Heward, What a pleasant surprise to read your comment on Robby's death. I am Robby's brother and am generally in France where I live and work as a psychotherapist in Toulouse, France. I "knew" of you through the EAP and a conference held in Cambridge a few years ago.

If needed, I, or our Glaswegian father Percy still quite alive in Connecticut-though more than 85, can provide biographical information.

Thank you for your sensitivity.

Tony Brazil

Submitted by Lisa Duff on

I was a friend of Rob Brazil's. I only learned of his death recently from an email his son sent to me (unfortunately to an email to an address long since taken over by spam, that I only check a couple times a year - thus my delay in learning this sad news.)

Rob and I worked together at Wainwright House in Rye, NY. As fate would have it, we both ended up being the only two people living on the premises during the time we were employed (four years). I had a small apartment in the carriage house, and he had a full sized apartment in the main mansion. Being the only two folks living on the property, we got to know each other well. When the place was vacant and it was just the two of us, we shared many lovely meals together in the formal dining room. We also shared many nights playing the Steinway grand piano and singing Nirvana songs at the top of our lungs (Rob was playing, not me!), knowing full well neither of us would ever be likely to live in a mansion and have access to a Steinway Grand and a ballroom ever again. We took full advantage of the moment. (I was always greateful we did, but I feel especially so now.)

He and I worked on many projects together. Rob wrote and proof read copy for innumerable Wainwright House catalogs for the programs I developed and produced. We always remarked that we were 'quite the team,' and had a constant flurry of inside jokes running between us as we worked on these projects.

He also presented a lively and extremely well-attended presentation at Wainwright House regarding his Shakespearean theories. Many board member attended and he enhanced his respect considerably that evening.

I was accustomed to doing the layout for the Wainwright House catalog 3x's a year, so that made me able to help Rob with the layout of his book, presenting his theory of the identity of Shakespeare. Of course, if he were to publish that book now with the print-on-demand and eBook resources available -- he'd have a runaway bestseller.

When Rob moved out of Wainwright House, I helped him. There were innumerable boxes of books and VAST numbers of filing boxes (I would later learn were almost exclusively Elizabethan/Edwardian subjects) that had to be moved from the THIRD floor of the mansion to ground level, then moved up two flights into his new abode. I remember asking him: "Can't you dtich some of this stuff? Is it all really that important?"

Uh... yeah... It was ALL - REALLY that important. So we moved it. Somebody (his sons?) hopefully still has it. Now that I understand more about his passions, I'm sure he had to have had an extraordinary treasure trove of research.

Beyond that, he was one of the very best friends I have ever had, or will ever have. My heart aches for the loss of him. I will miss him until the day I die.

Lisa Duff