Shakespeare’s Sexuality in Question: Who Was the Fair Youth?

So many arguments are given against Shakespeare being gay. Yet his sonnets contain their own message—that love is love.

Actor Mark Rylance in the all-male production of Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ in New York. Photo: Walter McBride/Getty Images

By Sandra Newman

William Shakespeare’s sonnets are among the most disputed works in literary history. Like most sonnet cycles of the time…

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