The Boy Who Would Be Shakespeare: 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.

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"Worn at the edges and heavily creased, the paper was inscribed with florid handwriting in faded ink. Dated two centuries earlier, the document was an avowal of religious faith. On it, the writer declared himself 'most solemnly' a Protestant. At the bottom was a signature with embellished capitals: 'Wm Shakspeare.' 

"It was an astonishing discovery. William Shakespeare, who had died in relative obscurity in 1616, had lately risen in popular esteem to become England's matchless literary genius. Will of Stratford was now a secular god: the immortal Bard! Yet aside from a few signatures, nothing written in Shakespeare's hand--not a letter, not so much as a couplet--had ever been found. If the yellowed note William-Henry Ireland had discovered was genuine, it was the literary equivalent of the Crown Jewels."

"A fascinating tale of forgery, greed, and deception. It's the Catch Me If You Can of eighteenth-century London--gripping, fast-moving, and funny."--Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Vanished and Paranoia

"Doug Stewart has proved himself a chronicler of great stories, but he outdoes himself with this story of a forger in search of a father's love that reads like a Shakespeare plot in its own right."--Gail Kern Paster, Director, Folger Shakespeare Library

"Doug Stewart shows how popular history writing is done. His superbly written account of boy forger William-Henry Ireland's ill-fated stab at literary immortality is as entertaining and poignant as a good novel."--Clifford Irving, author of The Hoax and The Autobiography of Howard Hughes

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"An unforgettable story, beautifully told. The Boy Who Would Be Shakespeare conjures the peculiar world of late 18th-century London, where Shakespeare was a god. Stewart's wry, lively narrative brings out the comic absurdity of events without losing their strange undercurrent of sadness."--Jon Spence, author Becoming Jane Austen

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