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Mr Venus

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A character in Dickens's Our Mutual Friend.

Mr Venus

Mr Venus  

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A character in Dickens's Our Mutual Friend.
Sonnets

Sonnets   Reference library

Michael Dobson

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2015
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Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
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2,480 words
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Oxford University Press

...than a man. The question hanging over the belated 1609 quarto of Shakespeare’s Sonnets has always been whether it too, like Benson’s opportunistic reprint, was unauthorized, a question hardly simplified by its notoriously baffling dedication to ‘Mr W.H’ .: to.the.only.begetter.of. these.ensuing.sonnets. mr.w.h. all.happiness. and.that.eternity. promised. by. our.ever-living.poet. wisheth. the.well-wishing. adventurer.in. setting. forth. t. t. ‘T.T’. is presumably the printer Thomas Thorpe , but beyond that no wholly convincing explanation of what this...

dedications

dedications  

The only works bearing dedications by Shakespeare are Venus and Adonis (1593) and The Rape of Lucrece (1594), both addressed to Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton. The Sonnets bear a ...
swan

swan  

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Swans have numerous legendary associations, including the story in Irish mythology that the Children of Lir were changed into swans by enchantment, and the Finnish belief that the swan sings once ...
dedications

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An A-Z Guide to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2013

...The only works bearing dedications by Shakespeare are Venus and Adonis ( 1593 ) and The Rape of Lucrece ( 1594 ), both addressed to Henry Wriothesley , 3rd Earl of Southampton. The Sonnets bear a publisher's dedication to Mr W. H. The First Folio is dedicated by Heminges and Condell to William and Philip Herbert , Earls of Pembroke and...

W.H., Mr

W.H., Mr   Reference library

Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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2013

...Mr When Shakespeare’s Sonnets appeared in 1609 they were dedicated to a Mr W.H., called their ‘onlie begetter’. The identity of Shakespeare’s friend is uncertain. Various names have been put forward, and for long the most favoured were William Herbert , 3rd Earl of Pembroke, to whom (with his brother) the First Folio Shakespeare was dedicated, and Henry Wriothesley , 3rd Earl of Southampton, to whom Venus and Adonis ( 1593 ) and The Rape of Lucrece ( 1594 ) were dedicated. In 1964 Dr Leslie Hotson put forward a case for William Hatcliffe of...

Wriothesley, Henry, 3rd Earl of Southampton

Wriothesley, Henry, 3rd Earl of Southampton (1573–1624)   Quick reference

An A-Z Guide to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2013

...Henry, 3rd Earl of Southampton ( 1573–1624 ) Shakespeare's patron, recipient of his only two dedications, those to Venus and Adonis ( 1593 ), and The Rape of Lucrece ( 1594 ). He encouraged other writers, such as Florio and Nashe . Rowe records a legend that he gave Shakespeare £1,000. He has often been identified with the Mr W. H. to whom Thomas Thorpe dedicated Shakespeare's Sonnets . A performance of Love's Labour's Lost was arranged for Queen Anne at his London home in January 1605...

Straub, Peter

Straub, Peter (1943– )   Quick reference

A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

...See Me Now ( 1976 ) Fiction Ghost Story ( 1979 ) Fiction Shadowland ( 1980 ) Fiction Floating Dragon ( 1982 ) Fiction The Talisman ( 1984 ) Fiction Under Venus ( 1985 ) Fiction Koko ( 1988 ) Fiction Mystery ( 1990 ) Fiction Houses Without Doors ( 1990 ) Fiction Short Stories The Throat ( 1993 ) Fiction The Hellfire Club ( 1995 ) Fiction Mr X ( 1999 ) Fiction Black House [with Stephen King ] ( 2001 ) Fiction Lost Boy Lost Girl ( 2003 ) Fiction In the Night Room ( 2004 ) Fiction A Dark Matter ( 2010...

‘Anstey, F.’

‘Anstey, F.’ (1856–1934)   Quick reference

A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

... ( 1884 ) Fiction Short Stories The Giant's Robe ( 1884 ) Fiction The Tinted Venus ( 1885 ) Fiction A Fallen Idol ( 1886 ) Fiction The Pariah ( 1889 ) Fiction Voces Populi [1st series] ( 1890 ) Fiction Tourmalin's Time Cheques ( 1891 ) Fiction The Talking Horse, and Other Tales ( 1892 ) Fiction Short Stories The Travelling Companions ( 1892 ) Fiction The Man From Blankley's, and Other Sketches ( 1893 ) Fiction Short Stories Mr Punch's Pocket Ibsen ( 1893 ) Miscellaneous Under the Rose ( 1894 ) Fiction Lyre and...

Cobbler’s Punch

Cobbler’s Punch   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails

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2021

...with vinegar (although occasionally the canonical sugar and lemon juice are found). First recorded in 1788, the drink may be of naval origin, while its name is derived from its cobbled-together nature. By the mid-nineteenth century, its specificity had greatly dissipated. As Mr. Venus says in Charles Dickens’s Our Mutual Friend (1864), “It’s difficult to impart the receipt for it … but the groundwork is gin.” Indeed, the name was often applied in Victorian years to what was elsewhere called Dog’s Nose—gin or whisky and ale or porter—or Stone Fence—gin or...

Morton, J. B.

Morton, J. B.   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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2005

...B. Wyndham Lewis ; he continued to write the column daily until the early 1970s, peopling it with such bizarrely humorous creations as ‘Mr Justice Cocklecarrot’ and ‘Dr Strabismus (Whom God Preserve) of Utrecht’, who respectively provided vehicles for his satires on the British legal system and modern science. Some twenty ‘Beachcomber’ selections were published, among them A Diet of Thistles ( 1938 ) and The Tibetan Venus ( 1951 ); Michael Frayn edited The Best of Beachcomber ( 1963 , revised 1991 ). Morton produced a wide range of other writing: his...

Anstey, F.

Anstey, F.   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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2005

...‘A Lesson to Fathers’, the novel concerns a father, Mr Bultitude , who adopts the age and persona of his son (and vice versa) and suffers comically the tortures of a child at boarding school. From 1887 Anstey was associated with Punch , in which most of his comic sketches first appeared; these were subsequently collected in volumes such as Voces Populi ( 1890 ) and Mr Punch's Pocket Ibsen ( 1893 ). His stories and novels of fantasy and science fiction , including The Tinted Venus ( 1885 ), A Fallen Idol ( 1886 ), Tourmanlin's Time...

Mr W.H.

Mr W.H.   Reference library

Stanley Wells

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2015

... W.H. , the mysterious dedicatee of the first edition of Shakespeare’s Sonnets. The identity of ‘Mr W.H’. has been endlessly discussed, and so has his function. The initials at the end of the dedication are those of the publisher Thomas Thorpe , not of Shakespeare; and ‘begetter’ might have a range of meanings, including ‘inspirer’, ‘originator’, and ‘procurer’ (i.e. of the manuscript for the printer). A prime candidate as inspirer has been Henry Wriothesley, Earl of Southampton , dedicatee of Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece , and often regarded...

classical myth and legend

classical myth and legend   Reference library

Michael Hollington

The Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens

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2011
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Literature, Literary studies (19th century)
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537 words

...such comic figures as ‘the oracular Bunsby’ in Dombey and Son . There are joke Venuses, both male and female, from the hilariously reluctant Miggs—‘I wouldn't lay myself out as she does … I wouldn't seem to say to all male creeturs “Come and kiss me”—and here a shudder quite convulsed her frame—“for any earthly crowns as might be offered. Worlds”, Miggs added solemnly, “should not reduce me. No. Not if I was Wenis” ’ ( BR 70)—to the more tragicomic figure of the depressive Mr Venus, who appears to have been born in a teacup: ‘blowing his tea, his head and face...

Baker, Kenny

Baker, Kenny (1912–1985)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the American Musical

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Performing arts, Music
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219 words

...featured supporting roles in such musicals as Stage Door Canteen ( 1943 ), Doughboys in Ireland ( 1944 ), The Harvey Girls ( 1945 ), and Calendar Girl ( 1947 ). His one Broadway credit was playing the hapless barber Rodney Hatch opposite Mary Martin in One Touch of Venus ( 1943 ), and his only television role was the journalist Horace Miller in the TV version of Miss Liberty ( 1951 ). Baker retired from performing in the early 1950s to become a motivational...

O'Toole, Peter

O'Toole, Peter   Reference library

The Companion to Theatre and Performance

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Current Version:
2010
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Performing arts, Theatre
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216 words

...On screen, his gripping performance in David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia ( 1962 ) brought O'Toole huge international recognition; other films included Becket ( 1964 ), The Lion in Winter ( 1968 ), the remake of Goodbye Mr Chips ( 1969 ), The Ruling Class ( 1971 ), The Stunt Man ( 1979 ), My Favourite Year ( 1982 ), and Venus ( 2006 ). Adrienne...

‘Burgess, Anthony’

‘Burgess, Anthony’ (1917–1993)   Quick reference

A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

...is Sick ( 1960 ) Fiction The Right to an Answer ( 1960 ) Fiction Devil of a State ( 1961 ) Fiction A Clockwork Orange ( 1962 ) Fiction The Wanting Seed ( 1962 ) Fiction Honey for the Bears ( 1963 ) Fiction Inside Mr Enderby ( 1963 ) Fiction The Novel Today ( 1963 ) Non-Fiction The Eve of St Venus ( 1964 ) Fiction Nothing Like the Sun ( 1964 ) Fiction Here Comes Everybody ( 1965 ) Non-Fiction A Vision of Battlements ( 1965 ) Fiction Tremor of Intent ( 1966 ) Fiction The Novel Now ( 1967 ) Non-Fiction Enderby...

Stone, Marcus

Stone, Marcus (1840–1921)   Reference library

Robert Patten

The Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Literature, Literary studies (19th century)
Length:
234 words

...trust and the press of other business built, Dickens often let Stone pick the subjects, though Dickens nearly always had some kind of discussion—in person or on paper—about the details. One day Stone took Dickens to St Giles's to visit a taxidermist's, which Dickens adapted for Mr Venus 's shop in the novel. Shaken by a railway accident at Staplehurst in June 1865 ( see Kent ), Dickens recuperated at Gad's Hill where he completed his manuscript; for the last four illustrations he did not consult with Stone at all. Stone soon thereafter abandoned illustration...

Peale, Raphaelle

Peale, Raphaelle (17 Feb 1774)   Reference library

The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art

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Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Art & Architecture
Length:
584 words

...interpretations that stimulate new interest in the achievements of each. Bibliography Raphaelle Peale (exh. cat. by C. C. Sellers , Milwaukee, WI, A. Mus.; New York, Knoedler's; 1959) C. S. Sellers : Mr. Peale's Museum (New York, 1980) W. H. Gerdts and R. Burke : Painters of the Humble Truth (Columbia, MO, 1981) D. Evans : “ Raphaelle Peale's Venus Rising from the Sea, ” Amer. A. J. , xiv (1982), pp. 63–73 N. Cikovsky Jr. : Raphaelle Peale: Still Lifes (exh. cat., Washington, DC, N.G.A., 1988) L. B. Miller : “ Father and Son: The Relationship of...

Harrison, [Reginald Carey] Rex

Harrison, [Reginald Carey] Rex (1908–90)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to American Theatre (3 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
261 words

...Shepherd Henderson in Bell, Book and Candle ( 1950 ), the philandering Duke Hereward in Venus Observed ( 1952 ), and the evil spirit called the Man in The Love of Four Colonels ( 1953 ). But his greatest success came when he created the role of Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady ( 1956 ). Walter Kerr wrote of his performance, “Mr. Harrison's slouch was a rhythmic slouch. His voice was a showman's voice—twangy, biting, confident beyond questioning…. But most of all Mr. Harrison was still an actor, believing every cranky, snappish, exhilarating syllable of...

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