The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1861  Monday, 1 November 1999.

From:           Allan Blackman <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Sunday, 31 Oct 1999 14:06:20 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Plot Inquiry

Can someone give me the source of the plot below?  It's likely from a
short story.  I associate it with the early (late 40s) days of American
television when classic short stories were often dramatized in half-hour
shows.  My best recollection is:

A man (in the 20th c., I think) discovers a manuscript containing an
unknown Shakespearean play, written in S's hand. Unsophisticated, he
thinks that the best way to cash in on his find is to copy the play and
offer it to publishers and/or producers as his own work.  The play is
rejected because of its "old-fashioned" style.  The manuscript itself
(which would have been worth a fortune on the auction block) is somehow
destroyed, and the finder ends up with nothing for all his efforts.

Allan Blackman

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