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William Henry Ireland, at only nineteen, perpetrated the greatest Shakespeare forgery ever attempted In this true crime history, Patricia Pierce uncovers drama, pathos, scandal and ultimately tragedy, in a tale which began with a dull witted youth longing for his father s love and grew to involve a host of famous names from the playwright Sheridan to the Prince of Wales, Mrs Siddons and James Boswell Brought up in late eighteenth century London, William Henry was the son of Samuel Ireland, a collector and dealer in engravings Fed on a daily diet of Shakespeare whom Samuel regarded as a divinity William Henry fell upon a unique method for winning his father s love and approval forgery Beginning with a deed signed by Shakespeare, William Henry followed this with a rapid succession of poems, letters and even an entirely new play, Vortigern His success was phenomenal James Boswell knelt to kiss the relics of Shakespeare , eminent clergyman Dr Joseph Warton proclaimed Shakespeare s Profession of Faith to be better than anything in either the church service or the litany, and Sheridan agreed to stage Vortigern.Yet the play marked the beginning of the end for the great Shakespeare forger Staged two days after the expert Edmond Malone irrefutably exposed the forgeries, the esteemed actors were greeted with hoots of derision during Vortigern s single performance....

Title : The Great Shakespeare Fraud: The Strange, True Story of William-Henry Ireland
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ISBN : 0750933941
Format Type : Paperback
Language : English
Publisher : The History Press First Edition edition September 25, 2005
Number of Pages : 240 pages
File Size : 779 KB
Status : Available For Download
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