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Old 26 February 2019, 05:10 AM
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Default Plagiarism Software Unveils a New Source for 11 of Shakespeare’s Plays

For years scholars have debated what inspired William Shakespeare’s writings. Now, with the help of software typically used by professors to nab cheating students, two writers have discovered an unpublished manuscript they believe the Bard of Avon consulted to write “King Lear,” “Macbeth,” “Richard III,” “Henry V” and seven other plays.

The authors are not suggesting that Shakespeare plagiarized but rather that he read and was inspired by a manuscript titled “A Brief Discourse of Rebellion and Rebels,” written in the late 1500s by George North, a minor figure in the court of Queen Elizabeth, who served as an ambassador to Sweden.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/07/b...nE4St5ZyORFndE
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Old 26 February 2019, 01:57 PM
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Ah, a new source. Not a new proposed author.

E. Q. Taft, that's interesting. Thanks for posting it.
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Old 26 February 2019, 01:59 PM
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The only thing that's news about this is that the were able to determine the source he was inspired by. It's been known for centuries that his plays were inspired by earlier works (after all, the man never left England). People get all caught up in his language and forget that in his time he was a popular playwright--he wrote for the masses, not for the elite.

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Old 26 February 2019, 02:04 PM
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Very cool.
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Old 26 February 2019, 10:08 PM
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Of course it's been known that Shakespeare was inspired by earlier works, but this is apparently a previously unknown one that appears to have had an unusually large influence, so it is pretty interesting. Of course I'm sure serious Shakespearean scholars will now spend many decades debating the extent of the influence and whether it was direct or indirect, etc. Not being one of those, I just thought it was neat.
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Old 27 February 2019, 05:44 PM
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Interesting stuff and great work to find and publish this otherwise obscure document. I know that there are theories that Shakespeare was Catholic and this fact was kept hidden during much of his life. This has been used to explain how little there is in the public record about him during his life.
Wonder if the Norths were Catholic as well?

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Old 27 February 2019, 06:29 PM
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This has been used to explain how little there is in the public record about him during his life.
There is not less of him in the public record during his life than there is of other citizens of the same era. We just think of it as being little because there is so much information on people available today.


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