The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1485 Wednesday 25 August 1999.
From: Tom Dale Keever <
Date: Tuesday, 24 Aug 1999 11:17:23 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Houghton Hall
Paul M. Tulfer writes,
>The Hoghton connection might perhaps bear a clue to the identity of Mr.
>W.H. of the Sonnets.
John Berryman, in an essay from the fifties entitled "William Houghton,
William Haughton, The Shrew, and the Sonnets," which has recently been
published in "Berryman's Shakespeare," edited by John Haffenden, New
Farrar Straus, Giroux, 1999, takes this argument even further. He
identifies the William Houghton of the Lancastershire Houghtons not only
with the "Mr. W. H." of the sonnets, but with the playwright William
Haughton, author of "English-men for My Money" and frequent collaborator
on plays for Henslowe. He further suggests that Haughton collaborated
on "Taming of the Shrew." It's an intriguing suggestion, but I don't
know if anyone has uncovered any evidence to support it.
Tom Dale Keever