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The Return Of William Shakespeare
1929. This is the fantastic tale of an insignificant scientist, Albert Henry Butt, who discovers a way to bring the dead back to life. He is able to bring back anyone who has ever lived, but only if he knows exactly when and where the person was born. The character, Melmouth, a Shakespeare fan, talks Butt into bringing the elusive Shakespeare back to life. So, Butt reanima ...more
Hardcover, 332 pages
Published January 1st 1978 by Arno Press
(first published January 1st 1929)
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[These notes were made in 1991; note that "Hugh Kingsmill" is the pen-name of Hugh Kingsmill Lunn:]. Though I found this in an SF/Fantasy bookshop, it is not the time-travel, reincarnation or culture-clash aspects which obviously interested the author (alas). The meat of this book is a critical dissertation - biographical/critical, in a style which must have been very much out of vogue when Kingsmill wrote it, surely - placed (in the 3rd person) in the mouth of the reincarnated Shakespeare himse ...more