by Doug Stewart
William-Henry Ireland forged hundreds of documents and passed them off as William Shakespeare originals. After his confession, he went on to publish a series of Gothic novels and some romantic poetry.
Courtesy of Doug Stewart
June 19, 2010 In 1795, a young man named William-Henry Ireland signed a tattered piece of paper "Wm Shakespeare." It was the first of hundreds of documents that he forged and passed off as William Shakespeare originals. Doug Stewart tells his story in The Boy Who Would Be Shakespeare.
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