The Portrait of Mr. W. H.

The Portrait of Mr. W. H.

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10,564 words (≈ 42 minutes)

'The Portrait of Mr. W. H.' is a short story about an attempt to uncover the identity of Mr W.H., the enigmatic dedicatee of Shakespeare's Sonnets. It is based on a theory, originated by Thomas Tyrwhitt, that the Sonnets were addressed to one Willie Hughes, portrayed in the story as a boy actor who specialized in playing women in Shakespeare's company. The only evidence for this theory is a number of sonnets (such as Sonnet 20) that make puns on the words 'Will' and 'Hues.'

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Language: English

Written in: 1891

Published: 2010-04-14

Word count: 10,564 words (≈ 42 minutes)

License: Public Domain

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