I am a huge fan of H.D., as we used to call him around those chilly nighttime campfires outside his cabin next to Walden Pond. I have read him in the past and I re-read his works today, as they remain relevant. However, I have neither written nor edited any books about Thoreau. That was done by Richard J. Schneider, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of English at Wartburg College in Waverly, IA.
Prof. Schneider and I enjoy the same name. Many of the robots that run the book publishing world, like Amazon and Barnes & Noble, list both my works of fiction and Prof. Schneider’s scholarly work on Thoreau on the same page. I have attempted to get the two of us pulled apart, but have you ever spent much time trying to talk to or reason with a robot? It is not pretty.
Some have suggested that I change my byline, maybe to Richard Schneider or Dick Schneider. Well, since I began writing for UPI in 1969, my byline has been Richard J. Schneider. I am not about to change it now. I suspect Prof. Schneider is as stubborn as I. So the world will just have to sort it out on its own.