Posts Tagged: First Folio

The Book of Will: An imagined backstory for the Shakespeare First Folio

The Book of Will, a new play by Lauren Gunderson, explores the back-story of how Shakespeare’s friends assembled his plays into the book we know today as the First Folio, without which we might have forever lost plays such as Macbeth, Julius Caesar, and Twelfth Night.


Folger copy 54: The First Folio as family scrapbook

Folger copy 54 of the First Folio, which traveled to Hawaii and California during the First Folio national tour in 2016, passed through the hands of many generations of one family for over 250 years before Henry Folger bought it in 1913. One of its nineteenth-century owners, Captain Charles Hutchinson, clearly valued the book as… Continue Reading »


Summer memories from the First Folio tour: Ohio, North Dakota, Alaska, and Colorado

“Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.” It may be October, but we’re feeling a little nostalgic for all the places our First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare touring exhibition traveled this summer. See a few social media highlights from the Cleveland Public Library, the State Historical Society of North Dakota, Alaska State Libraries,… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare’s First Folio: The playlist

Curious about the book that gave us Shakespeare? We’ve assembled a playlist of seven Shakespeare Unlimited podcast episodes about the First Folio. Without this first collected edition of Shakespeare’s works, published in 1623, we might not have such famous plays as Macbeth or The Tempest. To commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016, the… Continue Reading »


Comic book casts Shakespeare’s First Folio in a horror story

Cue the scary music! A new comic book injects a little horror and occult magic into the story of the First Folio, in an effort to make Shakespeare more accessible to a younger generation. 13th Night was written to accompany the First Folio’s visit to the University of Colorado Boulder as part of the Folger’s… Continue Reading »


Creating Shakespeare’s First Folio

Imagine a world without Macbeth, Twelfth Night, or Julius Caesar. We likely wouldn’t have half of Shakespeare’s plays without the First Folio. Who was responsible for making this book, the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays in 1623? And how exactly was it put together? On this episode of Shakespeare Unlimited, we hear from Emma Smith,… Continue Reading »


A behind-the-scenes tour of the Folger conservation lab

Up on the third floor of the Folger Shakespeare Library, conservators work meticulously with rare books and other collection materials: preserving, repairing, preparing for display, and packaging for travel. Renate Mesmer, head of conservation, takes us on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Werner Gundersheimer Conservation Laboratory for this Shakespeare Unlimited podcast episode. 


‘Sweetly Writ’: King Lear and the First Folio in Oregon

What can we learn from Shakespeare’s revisions to his plays, and what does that mean for the actors and directors who make their own changes to his texts today? Oregon Shakespeare Festival explores these questions in a new original work called Sweetly Writ, which demonstrates how Shakespeare conceived different takes on the same characters and… Continue Reading »


Andrea Mays: The Millionaire and the Bard

Henry Clay Folger paid a world record price for a book—not once, but twice—as he became the world’s leading collector of Shakespeare First Folios. In this episode from Shakespeare Unlimited, economist and author Andrea Mays talks with Neva Grant about some of the fascinating financial and personal details of Folger’s life, and in particular, how… Continue Reading »