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Miscellaneous Papers under the Hand and Seal of Shakespeare

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Miscellaneous Papers under the Hand and Seal of Shakespeare

Description

The saga of the Ireland forgeries began when one Samuel Ireland, a rare book dealer, revealed that his son William Henry Ireland had discovered a cache of documents written by Shakespeare. The documents eventually revealed included notes for Hamlet, the complete manuscript of King Lear, correspondence between Queen Elizabeth and Shakespeare, and a complete new play, Vortigern and Rowena. The documents caused an uproar when they were discovered, but were quickly deemed forgeries once this volume was published and experts were able to examine them. One of the final straws was the production of Vortigern and Rowena, which was unable even to finish its first night of production--the audience drowned out the actors with laughter at the quality of the work, and refused to allow the performance to go on unless another play was substituted.

Creator

Samuel Ireland; William Henry Ireland

Publisher

Mr. Egerton

Date

1796

Identifier

Rare Folios PR2950.A2

Original Format

Book

Citation

Samuel Ireland; William Henry Ireland, “Miscellaneous Papers under the Hand and Seal of Shakespeare,” Shakespeare in his time and for all time, accessed June 20, 2019, https://ds-carbonite.haverford.edu/shakespeare/items/show/20.