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Re: William Henry Ireland's "Masterpiece"
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2759  Thursday, 6 December 2001

From:           Carl Fortunato <
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Date:           Wednesday, 05 Dec 2001 11:28:22 EST
Subject: 12.2747 William Henry Ireland's "Masterpiece"
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2747 William Henry Ireland's "Masterpiece"

>My first question is, does anybody else think that Ireland's "Henry II"
>was a masterpiece, and a wonderful piece of theatre?  Or is it just the
>hackwork that Ireland's "Wortigern" has usually been dismissed as?

I've read neither, but Bernard Grebanier in his "The Great Shakespearean
Forgery" does say that "Henry II" is a vast improvement over
"Vortigern," although he certainly doesn't call it a "masterpiece" or
anything close to it.

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