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The Great Shakespeare Fraud: The Strange, True Story of William-Henry Ireland

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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 ...more
Hardcover, 273 pages
Published 2004 by Sutton Publishing
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There is something about Shakespeare that just excites people. I don’t mean the plays. I mean the idea of Shakespeare. In 1996, there was the whole “Funeral Elegy” bit (see The Shakespeare Wars Clashing Scholars, Public Fiascoes, Palace Coupsfor more detail). There is the whole silly quaffle over who Shakespeare was (silly, Oxfordians). There is the speculation about everything. There is always the hope that something new will be found. This is hardly new. After all, even the great Oscar Wilde g ...more
Jan 07, 2015 Moloch rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Di questa vicenda, romanzesca ma assolutamente vera, sono venuta a conoscenza grazie a una serie di post nel pregevole blog “Senza Errori di Stumpa”: prima puntata , seconda puntata , terza puntata (tra parentesi, l’autrice del blog è molto più competente di me in materia di Shakespeare, epoca elisabettiana e letteratura inglese in generale, perciò, per avere informazioni an ...more
Of all the fascinating forgers throughout history, why choose to write about one who was (as the book reminds us repeatedly) known to his friends and family as a dullard? Part of the difficulty I had with this book is that the people surrounding William-Henry Ireland are so much more interesting than he is. Or I should say; that they *could* have been more interesting, a better name for this book might have been "Name Dropping in the 18th & 19th Century" as too often those people whose chara ...more
This book came from the bibliography of a book I read last year - Samuel Shapiro's Contested Will. (I love finding new books to read that way.) It tells the story of early Bardolater Samuel Ireland and his son William Henry, who began forging legal documents, personal letters, and even plays purported to be by Shakespeare. This created quite a stir in late 18th century London, when literary anthropology techniques were in their infancy. There were only a handful of people who studied Shakespeare ...more
Tom Delise
An amazing story of an overbearing loveless father and the effect it had on his son. One of the greatest literary frauds in history.
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Patricia (also Pat, P.M.) May Pierce (nee Culp), born 1943, was raised on a farm on Culp Road, Vineland, Ontario in the heart of Niagara's fruit lands. The family is descended from United Empire Loyalists, and from a young age she felt history all around her. Right next door was grandpa Joe Ed Culp, an amateur historian, who investigated local history. He also compiled a number of very
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