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message 1: by scherzo♫ (new)

scherzo♫ (pjreads) | 270 comments "London, England (CNN) -- Shakespearean experts have deemed a play dismissed as an elaborate theatrical hoax by 18th century critics to be the true, albeit heavily diluted, work of the Bard.

"Double Falsehood" was first published in 1727 by Lewis Theobald who said it was based on Shakespeare's missing play, "The History of Cardenio," of which Theobald claimed he had found not one but three copies."


Experts: 'Hoax' Shakespeare play authentic


message 2: by Ray (new)

Ray (woadwarrior) | 69 comments I saw a staged reading of this play at the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA. Unfortunately, even if Shakespeare did have a hand in writing part of it, it's not a very good play.


message 3: by Candy (new)

Candy | 2604 comments Mod
Wow, pretty exciting article though...


The play sounds like it is quite scattered...but i'd be interested in checking it out sometime.

Thanks Pjreads...and gee Ray, thats pretty cool you saw it performed!


message 4: by Ray (new)

Ray (woadwarrior) | 69 comments Hi, Candy, yeah, it was neat to see it read by the actors. If you're interested, the text of the play (titled Double Falshood -- without an "e") is available on-line at:

http://pws.prserv.net/jwkennedy/Double Falshood/index.html


message 5: by Betty (last edited Apr 28, 2010 04:11PM) (new)

Betty Asma (everydayabook) Ray wrote: "Hi, Candy, yeah, it was neat to see it read by the actors. If you're interested, the text of the play (titled Double Falshood -- without an "e") is available on-line at:

http://pws.prserv.net/jwk..."


More of the same:

http://pws.prserv.net/jwkennedy/Doubl...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double_F...


message 6: by Candy (new)

Candy | 2604 comments Mod
Thank you!


message 7: by Gary (new)

Gary Hoffman | 7 comments You may wish to read "Interred with Their Bones" by Jennifer Lee Carrell. It is an historical fiction/mystery that surrounds the search for the manuscript of Shakespeare's original version of the play. The author has a PhD from Harvard. She provides a considerable amount of background information, including various theories about the play's origins and disappearance.


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