On this, the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, we celebrate one of the greatest writers of all time with our first Paperblanks Special Edition journal.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616) left us few traces of his handwriting. Because of this, his possible contribution to the handwritten manuscript of the play Sir Thomas More has been hotly debated over the centuries since it was written in 1595. Believed to have been scripted and revised by five different playwrights, the play was heavily censored upon its publication and never performed during its time. Despite the persistence of some dissenters, the play has been recognised as part of the Shakespearean canon since the mid-20th century.
Originally presented as part of our Embellished Manuscripts Collection, we are honoured to bring this remarkable fragment of Shakespeare’s handwriting back to the Paperblanks catalogue.