How bogus bards ripped off Shakespeare

07/12/2013 | MentalFloss.com

Shakespeare's plays were routinely pirated by unscrupulous publishers who would attend performances, then rush home to transcribe everything they could remember. That resulted in some hilariously bad versions of the Bard's plays, including a mangled version of Hamlet's famous soliloquy that reads: "To be or not to be. Aye, there's the point. To die, to sleep -- is that all? Aye, all."

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