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The Portrait of Mr. W. H.
     

The Portrait of Mr. W. H.

by Oscar Wilde
 

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In 1609, the first edition of Shakespeare’s Sonnets was published, featuring the mysterious dedication: “To Mr W.H.” Ever since, the identity of Mr W.H. has been the subject of a series of fascinating theories—but none quite so ingenious as that of Oscar Wilde’s The Portrait of Mr W.H. Cambridge scholar Cyril Graham

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In 1609, the first edition of Shakespeare’s Sonnets was published, featuring the mysterious dedication: “To Mr W.H.” Ever since, the identity of Mr W.H. has been the subject of a series of fascinating theories—but none quite so ingenious as that of Oscar Wilde’s The Portrait of Mr W.H. Cambridge scholar Cyril Graham spent his days performing in Shakespeare’s plays, and, being somewhat effeminate in nature, he was cast in the female roles. And then he made a rather startling discovery—the “Mr W.H.” to whom Shakespeare dedicated his Sonnets could be none other than Will Hughes, the boy-actor of Shakespeare’s plays! But when no one shares his conviction, he resolves to find another way to convince them.

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Library Journal
Mr W.H. is the anonymous person to whom Shakespeare dedicated his sonnets. Scholars have speculated for centuries on the identity of this man or woman. Wilde proposes that the love poems were dedicated to a very young actor named Willie Hughes, which implies that the Bard had a thing for young boys. In another author's hands this would be quite scandalous, but Wilde has enough humor to pull it off. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781522725435
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
12/12/2015
Pages:
26
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.05(d)

Meet the Author

The ever-quotable Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was an Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet who delighted Victorian England with his legendary wit. He found critical and popular success with his scintillating plays, chiefly The Importance of Being Earnest, while his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, scandalized readers. Imprisoned for two years for homosexual behavior, Wilde moved to France after his release, where he died destitute.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
October 16, 1854
Date of Death:
November 30, 1900
Place of Birth:
Dublin, Ireland
Place of Death:
Paris, France
Education:
The Royal School in Enniskillen, Dublin, 1864; Trinity College, Dublin, 1871; Magdalen College, Oxford, England, 1874

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