Shakspere and the Ireland forgeries
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Shakspere and the Ireland forgeries by Derk Bodde

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Published by Harvard university press in Cambridge, Mass .
Written in English


  • Shakespeare, William, -- 1564-1616 -- Forgeries.,
  • Ireland, W. H. -- 1777-1835.

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Edition Notes

Statementby Derk Bodde.
SeriesHarvard honors theses in English -- no. 2.
LC ClassificationsPR2950 .B6, PR2950 .B6
The Physical Object
Pagination68 p.
Number of Pages68
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL14129891M
LC Control Number30031461

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The editor of Shakespeare’s complete works, who was widely considered England’s foremost expert on the author, published a book-length exposé on the Ireland papers, attacking them as . The Ireland Shakespeare Forgeries Posted at h in News by One of the most bizarre stories of the late 18th century is that of the celebrated forger William Henry Ireland (), who, at the precocious age of 17, managed to con fashionable literary London into accepting bogus papers and signatures as having been written by William Shakespeare ().   While we have not been short of wonderful sources, looking further into the curious tale of the Ireland Shakespeare Forgeries has been a personal highlight. Samuel Ireland () was an English author and engraver, and a .   Half-title: The Ireland Shakespeare forgeries Reproduction Reprinted from: Zoltan Haraszti () was a former Keeper of Special Collections at the Boston Public Library, as well as its Editor of Publications Boston Public Library (Rare Books Department) copy bound in green paper with two staples, and is housed in protective :

  William Henry Ireland is the man behind one of the most brazen literary forgeries in history. In , Ireland claimed to have come across a cache of letters and legal documents belonging to the playwright William Shakespeare. The story starts in the winter of when William Henry Ireland signed the bottom of a tattered piece of paper “Wm Shakespeare.”.   The Ireland Shakespeare forgeries stands as a testament to the hazards of filial love or, rather, of going a step too far to keep one’s father happy. Samuel Ireland was one of the most respected engravers and print-sellers of his generation. Ireland used this volume to publish transcripts and facsimiles of his Shakespeare forgeries. While many had viewed Ireland’s Shakespeare manuscripts on display at his home, few had had a chance to scrutinize them in any serious detail. Now that published copies were readily available, the critical response became increasingly skeptical.   The Ireland Shakespeare forgeries offered at Christie’s comprise a part-confession by the ingenious swindler, together with examples of his literary crimes. ‘The original fakes are now held at Harvard’s Houghton Library,’ says Hopkins, ‘but he made further copies for his friends and for sale.’.

William Henry Ireland’s ‘Authentic Original Forgeries’: An Overdue Rediscovery The tale of the Shakespeare manuscript forgeries of young William Henry Ireland in is now so familiar it needs no extended reprise. Since some fifteen substantial accounts of the perpetrator and his works have appeared, from book length to chapter File Size: KB. The term "fake news" now features prominently in our cultural lexicon. While the nuances are unspoken, we tend to assume that fake news is the opposite of real news. Edmund Malone was one of the most eminent individuals who went after Ireland’s forgeries. His anger and disgust at the forgeries--especially at their low quality--is evident throughout the book. His evidence of the falseness of the papers was of many types: the forgeries were incorrect in terms of grammar, spelling, social graces and history. Collins’ name occurs three times in the will: twice in the body, and the third time when Collyns signs his name at the bottom of page three. The body of the will, along with Shakespeare's own signature, are written in handwriting known as the secretary .