Uncovering Shakespeare's 'Inspiration'

Dennis McCarthy
Researcher Dennis McCarthy discusses this year’s discovery of a lifetime by him and an academic colleague – that Shakespeare apparently drew repeatedly in his works from an unpublished, late-1500s manuscript. The literary sleuths employed plagiarism-detecting software.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Reception: 
6 pm
Program: 
6:30 pm
Event Audio

It appears to be the find of a lifetime. Shakespeareans worldwide were electrified earlier this year by the announced discovery of a previously unknown source—or inspiration—for many of the works of William Shakespeare.

Researcher Dennis McCarthy and colleague June Schlueter made the case that the Bard drew repeatedly from a manuscript written in the late 1500s by a courtier of Elizabeth I. Using plagiarism-detecting software, they identified unique storylines and ideas in both the earlier document and Shakespeare’s works.

McCarthy walks through his and Schlueter's work in a discussion of their book A Brief Discourse of Rebellion & Rebels by George North: A Newly Uncovered Manuscript Source for Shakespeare's Plays. His presentation is part of the McMeel Family Shakespeare Series in collaboration with the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival.