Simon Forman

(1552—1611) astrologer and medical practitioner

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English doctor and astrologer; he kept a ‘Bocke of Plaies’, containing accounts of visits to performances of Macbeth on 20 April 1611, The Winter's Tale on 15 May 1611, Cymbeline (undated), and a play about Richard II which seems not to be Shakespeare's. He made partial summaries of the plots, and drew morals. His voluminous casebooks, written partly in code, include the references to Emilia Lanier on which A. L. Rowse based his theory that she was the Dark Lady of the Sonnets.

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.

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