Posts By: Emma Poltrack



Elsie Leslie: Sparkling Child Star of the American Stage

Discover American child star Elsie Leslie through a fascinating mix of Folger finds, including Elsie Leslie as Prince Arthur in King John and posing for a photo with preeminent actor Edwin Booth.


A world of poison: The Overbury scandal

The poisoning in Shakespeare’s play King John, and in Romeo and Hamlet, too, had real-world parallels, too. Delve into the infamous story of Thomas Overbury’s death at the Tower of London in 1613.




Much A-Don’t About Dating

What does Shakespeare tell us of love? The plays provide us with a wealth of wooing and wedding, and many examples of what not to do.