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William Henry Ireland

Hoaxer (1777 — 1835)


Bernard Grebanier. The Great Shakespeare Forgery: A New Look at the Career of William Henry Ireland. New York: W. W. Norton. 1965. 308pp.

Jeffrey Kahan. Reforging Shakespeare: The Story of a Theatrical Scandal. Lehigh University Press. 1998. 271pp.

John Mair. The Fourth Forger: William Ireland and the Shakespeare Papers. Ayer Publishing. 1971. 244 pages

Patricia Pierce. The Great Shakespeare Fraud: The Strange, True Story of William-Henry Ireland. Sutton. 2005. 238pp.


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  4. Encyclopaedia Britannica 11th Edition

  5. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature (p.207)

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