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"Q rare Sir William Davenant!" are the words inscribed on a stone in the Poet's Corner in Westminster Abbey, and beneath these words a date, April 7, 1668. Here lies all that remains of the man who succeeded Ben Jonson as poet-laureate; that is to say all but a few unreadable plays.
Yet although, in the words of Edmund Gosse, "his influence on English drama must be condemned as wholly deplorable", his personal character and adventures have enhanced his reputation.
He was the on of the proprietor of the Crown Inn at Oxford, where it was stated Shakspere always stopped when in that city. Du eto this, and the great dramatist's known or rumored admiration to the hostess, there sprang a scandalous story, attributing Davenant's paternity to Shakspere, a legend which Davenand himself encouraged, but which later criticism considers spurious.
Professor Murray in English 39 is going to lecture on this remarkable character at 11 o'clock this morning in Harvard 3.
Other lectures of interest are:
"Some Groat Prime Ministers: Walpole, the two Pols, Peel, Disraeli and Gladstone." Professor Munro, New Lecture Hall, Government 1.
Saxon Invasions of England, and the Legend of Henquist and Rorsa", Mr. Magoun. Sever 5, Comparative, Literature 6a.
"Ludwig Holberg and His Comedies", Dr. Cawfey, Sever B. Comparative Laterature, 13.
"The Native Problem is South Africa." Professer Buell, Harvard 3, Government 18a.
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