Certainly his plays contain many warmly positive depictions of heterosexuality, in the loves of Romeo and Juliet, Orlando and Rosalindand Henry V and Katharine of France, among many others. The plays and other poems lend themselves uncertainly to such speculation. Read Post a comment. Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval. The first Shakespeare play to be published Titus Andronicuswas printed by a notorious pirate, John Danter, who also brought out,…. Knowledge on this subject is uncertain at best. Thank you for your feedback.
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Sexuality of William Shakespeare
For Wilde's story, see The Portrait of Mr. Debate over Shakespeare's sexuality has raged for decades among scholars. Were they compatible, or did William prefer to live apart from Anne for most of this time? Since modern readers are unused to such ardor in masculine friendship and are likely to leap at the notion of homosexuality a notion sufficiently refuted by the sonnets themselveswe may remember that such an idealoften exalted above the love of women, could exist in real life, from Montaigne to Sir Thomas Browneand was conspicuous in Renaissance literature. It is known from public records that he married Anne Hathaway and that they had three children; scholars have analysed their relationship through these documents, and particularly through the bequests to her in Shakespeare 's will. InJohn Benson published a second edition of the sonnets in which he changed most of the pronouns from masculine to feminine so that readers would believe nearly all of the sonnets were addressed to the Dark Lady.