Quote of the Week | George North, the Original Bard?

In February, Shakespearean purists sat a little straighter in their chairs.
Independent researcher Dennis McCarthy and English scholar June Schlueter had just announced what Michael Witmore, the director of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, called a “once-in-a-generation – or several generations – find.” Stashed away in the British Library, the pair had discovered a previously unpublished manuscript that, when scanned using the open-source plagiarism program WCopyfind, revealed extremely-likely source material for eleven of Shakespeare’s plays, including King Lear and Macbeth. Continue reading “Quote of the Week | George North, the Original Bard?”

Link of the Week | Harry Potter: A History of Magic at The British Library


To the great sorrow of many Potterheads, The British Library’s sold-out show, Harry Potter: A History of Magic, closed last Wednesday. The display, which marked the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, featured rare books, manuscripts, and “magical objects” from the library’s collection – mementos featuring the “traditions of folklore and magic which are at the heart of the Harry Potter stories.” Original drafts by J.K. Rowling and illustrations from Jim Kay were also placed alongside a large, 16th-century Ripley Scroll that explains how to create the Philosopher’s Stone. Good news, however, for those people who were unable to fly to London. The British Library just uploaded the exhibition to Google Arts & Culture! Continue reading “Link of the Week | Harry Potter: A History of Magic at The British Library”