The Portrait of Mr. W. H.

The Portrait of Mr. W. H.

The Portrait of Mr. W. H.

by: Oscar Wilde

by: Oscar Wilde

The Portrait of Mr. W. H.

The Portrait of Mr. W. H.

by: Oscar Wilde

by: Oscar Wilde

Overview

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.

Authors

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900) was born in Dublin to Sir William Wilde and his wife Jane. While studying at Oxford, he was fascinated by the aesthetic movement and eventually became a proponent for L'art pour l'art ("Art for Art's Sake"), and wrote the award-winning poem Ravenna. After he graduated in 1879, he moved to Chel ...

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