The smallest Shakespeares in the Folger collection

Henry Altemus’ magnificently miniature copy of “The Children’s Shakespeare” by Edith Nesbit is the Folger’s smallest Shakespeare edition. The title page’s portrait of Shakespeare is only six millimeters long. Like the book’s text, it is not discernible to the naked eye. While close, it’s not the smallest image of Shakespeare in the collection.


Quiz: Buckets of ducats in Shakespeare’s plays

Shakespeare characters love talking about their ducats, which were commonly used coins in Shakespeare’s day. Can you match the money quote to the play it comes from?


What makes Shakespeare musicals ‘American’

While Shakespeare musicals borrowed plots, characters, and situations from England’s best-known poet, they remained essentially “American.”



The game’s the thing

See examples of creative and beautifully illustrated card games and board games in the Folger collection that use Shakespeare quotes and make references to his plays.



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