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An “Arabian-Nightish” gift to Yale is what Clarence Day, the author of Life With Father, called the Elizabethan Club. The Club was the brainchild of his Yale classmate, Alexander Smith Cochran, Class of 1896, who in 1911 donated a house, a $100,000 endowment, and his important collection of early English literature to found it. Its modest purpose was to provide a forum for undergraduate discussions on literature, art, or indeed any subject, and to offer a congenial environment for social and intellectual interaction between junior and senior members of the University. read more


Maynard Mack Lecture

The speaker will be Paul Giamatti, BA '89, MFA '94, and the lecture will take place Monday, April 1, 2013 at 5:15 p.m. at the University Theatre, 222 York Street. The event is being co-sponsored by the Yale School of Drama.
The Elizabethan Club administers an annual lecture, which brings to Yale every year a distinguished theatre practitioner to speak on a topic of his or her choice. The Lectureship honors the late Maynard Mack, Sterling Professor of English at Yale, chair of the Department, and eminent scholar and critic of Shakespeare, Pope, and other literary figures. The event is free and open to the public.

Centenary Calendar of Events

To mark the hundredth anniversary of its founding, the Elizabethan Club has planned a year-long series of public lectures, concerts, performances and exhibitions.
see calendar

A tragedie called Oedipus: An Elizabethan Manuscript Re-Discovered

A conference exploring the historical, bibliographical, literary, theatrical, and musical aspects of the little-known Elizabethan theatrical manuscript, A tragedie called Oedipus, acquired in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Elizabethan Club at Yale.
Sponsored by the Elizabethan Club and the Whitney Humanities Center, Friday September 30, 2011. see program