The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2445 Tuesday, 30 December 2003
Date: Monday, 29 Dec 2003 09:44:36 -0500
Subject: 14.2435 "Pericles manuscript"?
Comment: Re: SHK 14.2435 "Pericles manuscript"?
>> This is either something or nothing. Google News alerts tipped me to an
>> article in, hmm, the Hindustan Times, quoting London's Daily Mail, that
>> a manuscript of Pericles was at auction on eBay and bidding had reached
>> 5 million pounds, with closing on Thursday, Dec. 25, 6:53 pm (London
>> time). The article is below. However, I have searched ebay.com and
>> ebay.co.uk and find no such item on sale or just sold. Google News
>> produces no other clips on this, the Daily Mail website is still being
>> constructed, and Google finds nothing on a collector in
>> Hampstead named John Ellis. Anyone know anything about this?
I got the same alert through Google News, Al, and did essentially the
same checking as you. I posted it on another newsgroup as an amusing
I imagine it might have been a holiday prank...i.e., someone sending out
a false news item and seeing how far it got. Either that or the
notorious New York Times fiction-journalist Jayson Blair got a new job
and a new pseudonym, Vijay Dutt.
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