The First Folio tour: How American communities celebrated Shakespeare in 2016

Shakespeare’s stories have inspired creative works in almost every genre and medium: countless novels, poems, plays, movies, songs, comic books, paintings and drawings, dances, computer games—the list goes on. And we can trace just about all of it back to a book, a book of about 900 pages. Throughout 2016, the Folger Shakespeare Library has been… Continue Reading »


12 contemporary YA novels that retell Shakespeare

Are you a fan of YA novels? Young adult literature is booming right now, from contemporary sob-fests like The Fault in Our Stars to action adventure series like The Maze Runner. And with Shakespeare a staple of the high school classroom, it makes sense authors would want to tackle Shakespeare retellings for their teen audience. Here are a… Continue Reading »


9 Christmas gift ideas for Shakespeare fans

We’ve got nine Shakespeare-themed Christmas gift ideas for you, selected from the Folger shop and all under $20. Find something for your friend, your sibling, your favorite English teacher, or yourself! 1. A Shakespeare quotes mug Drink hot chocolate from a mug with Shakespearean insults on it —”You rampallian!”— or one with quotes about love— “The course of true… Continue Reading »


Off the Shelf: A Shakespearean Botanical, The Battle of Agincourt, Year of the Fat Knight, and more

Here’s a round-up of Shakespeare-related books, fiction and nonfiction, that are on our must-read list. Ira’s Shakespeare Dream Glenda Armand (author), Floyd Cooper (illustrator) This story of famed African-American actor Ira Aldridge, who believed he could be a great Shakespearean if only he were given the chance, is an inspirational tale for children ages 7… Continue Reading »


How the First Folio tour came together

On a typical book tour, authors travel to read from their work, sign copies, and give talks. But what if the author has been dead for 400 years? During 2016, the Folger Shakespeare Library has been sending a copy of the First Folio, one of the world’s most important and influential books, to every state,… Continue Reading »



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