Friday, February 16, 2018

Shakespeare at the Xerox Machine


In King Lear, William Shakespeare makes a list of the hierarchy of dogs:

Mastiff, greyhound, mongrel grim
Hound or spaniel, brach or lym,
Or bobtail tike or trundle-tail

A near-identical list appears in Macbeth.

It turns out, however, that the source for this list may be a book by George North entitled A Brief Discourse of Rebellion and Rebels written in 1576.

The apparent plagiarism was discovered thanks to anti-plagiarism software commonly used to check up on college and high school student essays.

Related Links

** Shakespeare's Polar Bear
** Shakespeare in the Park

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