Press release from Monday April 19, 2010

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September 23, 2007
Nearly 800 additional signatories have signed the “Declaration of Reasonable Doubt About the Identity of William Shakespeare” in the two weeks since prominent Shakespearean actors Sir Derek Jacobi and Mark Rylance, former artistic director at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, gave the Declaration its launch in the U.K.
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SAC contact person: John Shahan at (909) 896-2006, or online.

— The Shakespeare Authorship Coalition announced today that another eighty-nine people have signed its Declaration of Reasonable Doubt About the Identity of William Shakespeare since its last update five months ago in November, 2009. Of these, 25 have advanced degrees, including 13 doctorates and 12 master's degrees. Seventeen are current or former college/university faculty members, including Ekkehart Krippendorff, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the Free University of Berlin, who has just been added to the SAC's separate list of "notable" signatories. Although his main field is political science, Professor Krippendorff has also studied, written and lectured about Shakespeare.

A total of 1,747 people have signed the Declaration. Of these, 1,376 are college graduates, and 620 have advanced degrees – 261 doctoral degrees and 359 master’s degrees. A total of 312 are current or former college or university faculty members. Of these, the largest number were in English literature (66, 21%), followed by those in theatre arts (35), the arts (26), natural sciences (25), math, engineering and computers (22), other humanities (20), medicine and health care (19), social sciences (18), education (17), history (14), management (14), law (12), psychology (10), and library science (6). With the addition of Professor Krippendorff, twenty names, or about 1.1%, appear on the separate list of notable signatories on the SAC website.

“I find it interesting that the largest category of Declaration signatories, among both college graduates and faculty members, is those who said their field is 'English literature.'” said SAC Chairman John Shahan. “If Declaration signatories provide a valid indication, Shakespeare authorship doubters clearly tend to be much better educated than the general population,” he said. “That's not terribly surprising, since it seems to be mostly the well-educated who take an interest in Shakespeare these days; but I wouldn't have predicted that so many, and such a high proportion of signatories, would be English literature graduates. I'm not sure what it means,” he said, “but it's interesting that so many people with literature backgrounds would be doubters.”

The Declaration is neutral about the true identity of the author. Rather than seeking to resolve the long-standing controversy outright, it aims to legitimize the issue by calling attention to the many reasons for doubt about the Stratford man's authorship.

The SAC is a private, non-profit charity founded to advocate for recognition of the legitimacy of the authorship controversy. The Declaration of Reasonable Doubt can be read and signed online at the website of the SAC at:

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SAC contact person: John Shahan at (909) 896-2006, or online.