SEX AND SOCIETY IN SHAKESPEARE'S AGE: SIMON FORMAN THE ASTROLOGER
by A.L. ROWSE
315 pages. Scribners. $12.50.
Scholars know Simon Forman as the man who attendedand made notes on four of Shakespeare's plays performed during the dramatist's lifetime. Historian A.L. Rowse, 72, knows Forman as something more: an extravagant conflation of Horatio Alger and Doctor Faustus whose claim to fame lies buried in a "vast mass" of barely decipherable manuscripts. Having burrowed through this trove of papers, Rowse now announces that Forman "has exposed himself as no one has done, not even Pepys or...