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Nathan Drake

(1766—1836) essayist and physician


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(1766–1836), English doctor, author of Shakespeare and his Times, Including the Biography of the Poet, Criticisms on his Genius and Writings; a New Chronology of his Plays; a Disquisition on the Object of his Sonnets; and a History of the Manners, Customs and Amusements, Superstitions, Poetry and Elegant Literature of his Age (2 vols., 1817), in which the theory that ‘Mr W.H.’, dedicatee of Shakespeare's Sonnets, is actually Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton, is first advanced.

From The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.


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