The Boy Who Would Be Shakespeare

A Tale of Forgery and Folly

by Doug Stewart

Hardcover, 229 pages, Perseus Books Group, List Price: $24.95 | purchase

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The Boy Who Would Be Shakespeare
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A Tale of Forgery and Folly
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Doug Stewart

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Discusses the forgeries of William Henry Ireland, who produced letters, poetry, and a full-length play attributed to William Shakespeare, and describes the antiquarian fad culture that embraced the forgeries.

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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 hide caption

itoggle caption Courtesy of Doug Stewart