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Technology is improving our understanding of the arts!? It has of course been known for a long time that many of Shakespeare's works were adaptations of the works of contemporaries. "Julius Caesar" and "Anthony and Cleopatra" were drawn from a contemporary translation of Plutarch's Lives of the Romans for example. "Hamlet" is largely based on a play by a contemporary of his right there in London, Thomas Kyd's "The Spanish Tragedy". And there was an anonymous play called "King Leir" that served as the basis for Shakespeare's own "King Lear". Now plagiarism detection software has been used to show that Shakespeare probably drew on some obscure non-artistic works in his own time for material in some of his plays.


[www.nytimes.com]

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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 Now, with the help of software typically used by professors to nab cheating students, two writers have discovered an unpublished manuscript they believe the Bard of Avon consulted to write “King Lear,” “Macbeth,” “Richard III,” “Henry V” and seven other plays.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 news has caused Shakespeareans to sit up and take notice.

“If it proves to be what they say it is, it is a once-in-a-generation — or several generations — find,” said Michael Witmore, director of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington.

The findings were made by Dennis McCarthy and June Schlueter, who describe them in a book to be published next week by the academic press D. S. Brewer and the British Library. 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.

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