Professor Showalter said, “The people I have admired as department chairs were open to new ideas.”

Would that one day this might include Shakespeare authorship skeptics. At my university, I was warned never to represent myself as a Shakespeare “scholar,” despite my now 100 publications on Shakespeare. One more experience that makes me wonder if the traditional authorship theory is more faith-based than evidence-based.

Richard M. Waugaman ’70
Potomac, Md.