In Response to: In Memoriam

Thank you, Matthew Ferraro, for your tribute to Professor Roche. I was not fortunate enough to have him as a teacher. I do wonder, though, if taking a course from him would have left me with the freedom I’ve had to pursue the exciting Shakespeare authorship question for nearly 20 years.

When it comes to the "tired trope of biographical analysis" of the Sonnets, for example, I submit that trying to connect the Sonnets with the Merchant of Stratford is indeed pointless. Instead, the Sonnets reflect the autobiography of their actual author. I explored this in a 2010 psychoanalytic article about the bisexuality of the Sonnets.

My 90 publications on Shakespeare are here —

Richard M. Waugaman ’70
Signal Mountain, Tenn.