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The First Folio: The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare

Nov 5, 2016 – Dec 11, 2016
Every Tue-Fri10am – 4pm
Every Sat10am – 5pm
Every Sun12pm – 5pm


Discussion - Michael Witmore: “The Wonder of Will”: Monday, December 5 from 4 to 5 p.m.

Discussion - "The Bard and Poetry": Monday, December 5 from 7 to 8 p.m.

The First Folio of Shakespeare, published in 1623, is one of the most famous books in the world—and for good reason. Published seven years after Shakespeare's death, the First Folio was the first collected edition of William Shakespeare's plays. Shakespeare's fellow actors John Heminge and Henry Condell put together the text of the First Folio. When Shakespeare died in 1616, only about half of his plays had been published, in small, one-play editions called quartos. Another 18 are known today only because they were included in the First Folio; without it, they would probably have been lost. Among them are Macbeth, Twelth Night, Julius Caesar, and The Tempest. Folger Shakespeare Library founders Henry Clay Folger, an oil company executive who ultimately became chairman of Standard Oil Company of New York, and his wife, Emily Jordan Folger, shared a deep fascination with William Shakespeare and his works. The Folgers worked for decades to gather the world's largest collection of Shakespeare materials, with a special focus on the First Folio and other early editions.



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