William Hawkins

(1721—1801) writer and Church of England clergyman

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(1722–1801), English clergyman and poet. As professor of poetry at Oxford, he delivered the first-ever series of lectures devoted to Shakespeare (1751–6). He also wrote a strongly nationalistic adaptation of Cymbeline (1759) in which he attempted to make the play more modern and thus more ‘rational’.

From The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.

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