SHAKESPEARE’S ARENA by LESLIE HOTSON, from The Atlantic, February, 1954

LESLIE_HOTSONAs a Sheldon Traveling Fellow, LESLIE HOTSON in 1924 visited the Record Office in London, and in a matter of weeks tracked down the murderer of Christopher Marlowe and the eyewitness account of the stabbing. Five years later – this time on a Guggenheim Fellowship – he brought to light “Shelley’s Lost Letters to Harriet.” In 1931, as Professor of English at Haverford, he published “Shakespeare versus Shallow,” his discovery of Shakespeare’s quarrel and arrest. The results of another important detective case, the dating of Shakepeare’s Sonnets, appeared in the Atlantic in 1949. The illuminating article which follows was printed in the Sewanee Review last summer [1953].

Download the complete article (PDF): Shakespeares_Arena


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