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Ireland's Forgeries Exposed

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Title

Ireland's Forgeries Exposed

Description

Edmund Malone was one of the most eminent individuals who went after Ireland’s forgeries. His anger and disgust at the forgeries--especially at their low quality--is evident throughout the book. His evidence of the falseness of the papers was of many types: the forgeries were incorrect in terms of grammar, spelling, social graces and history for the Elizabethan (or any other) age. In short, the Ireland forgeries were constructed to appear “old-fashioned” in the sense that William Henry Ireland imagined “old-fashioned” to mean, rather than appearing truly "Elizabethan."

For example, “chicken” was used by Ireland as a singular word, as we use it now. However, in Shakespeare’s day, one had a single “chick” and multiple “chicken.” King Lear is written as Kynge Leare--a faux-historical inauthenticity that Malone mocks. Some of the materials even refer to the Globe Theatre several years before it was constructed.

Creator

Edmond Malone

Date

1796

Identifier

Philips Mezzanine, PR2950.M2

Original Format

Book

Citation

Edmond Malone, “Ireland's Forgeries Exposed,” Shakespeare in his time and for all time, accessed August 22, 2019, https://ds-carbonite.haverford.edu/shakespeare/items/show/21.