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

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In the winter of 1795, a frustrated young writer named William Henry Ireland stood petrified in his father’s study as two of England’s most esteemed scholars interrogated him about a tattered piece of paper that he claimed to have found in an old trunk. It was a note from William Shakespeare. Or was it?
In the months that followed, Ireland produced a torrent of Shakespearean fabrications: letters, poetry, drawings—even an original full-length play that would be hailed as the Bard’s lost masterpiece and staged at the Drury Lane Theatre. The documents were forensically implausible, but the people who inspected them ached to see first hand what had flowed from Shakespeare’s quill. And so they did.
This dramatic and improbable story of Shakespeare’s teenaged double takes us to eighteenth century London and brings us face-to-face with history’s most audacious forger.
 

About Doug Stewart

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Doug Stewart , a lifelong fly fisher, is also a fly-tying instructor and guide and a fly shop owner, and has written about fly-fishing for "The Oregon Sportsman "and Amato Publications.
 
Published March 17, 2010 by Da Capo Press. 258 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Arts & Photography, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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In an effort to please his dad, a teenaged boy pulled a prank that created a literary furor.

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A bored law clerk claims to have discovered several Shakespearean relics. He is eventually exposed as a fraud.

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Incredibly, despite the sheer craziness of Ireland's ideas, this is a non-fiction account drawn together from reliable sources, including the documents themselves, letters between Ireland, his father, and the mysterious Mr H, the owner of the trunk (actually a figment of William Henry's imaginati...

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