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W.H. and Hoghton Tower
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1881  Wednesday, 3 November 1999.

From:           Hilary Thimmesh <
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Date:           Tuesday, 2 Nov 1999 13:12:18 -0600
Subject:        W.H. and Hoghton Tower

I've just re-read Honigmann's Shakespeare: The "Lost Years" in its
second edition (1998).  William Hoghton, brother of Richard, is
mentioned without comment.  In Berryman's Shakespeare (1999) I discover
that John Berryman suggested forty years ago that William
Hoghton-strikingly handsome, younger than Shakespeare, probably a
playwright with the Lord Admiral's Men-was the most plausible candidate
for "Mr. W.H."  A note by the editor, John Haffenden, calls attention to
the same identification suggested by Alan Keen in 1950.   Has someone
since Keen and Berryman authoritatively discounted William Hoghton as
Mr. W.H., an identification that otherwise would seem to be grist for
Honigmann's mill?

Hilary Thimmesh
St. John's (MN)

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