The Boy Who Would Be Shakespeare

A Tale of Forgery and Folly

By Doug Stewart
(Da Capo Press, Hardcover, 9780306818318, 256pp.)

Publication Date: March 2, 2010

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The true story of how a quiet, unremarkable, nineteen-year-old clerk almost pulled off the greatest literary hoax of all time

About the Author

Doug Stewart frequently writes about history and the arts for Smithsonian magazine. A freelance journalist, his articles have also appeared in Time, Discover, and Reader’s Digest. He lives in Ipswich, Massachusetts.

Saturday, Jun 19, 2010

In 1795, a young man named William-Henry Ireland signed a tattered piece of paper "Wm Shakespeare." It was the first of hundreds of documents that he forged and passed off as William Shakespeare originals. Doug Stewart tells his story in The Boy Who Would Be Shakespeare. More at

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