Posts By: Shakespeare & Beyond


Thomas Jefferson and Shakespeare

“Shakespeare must be singled out by one who wishes to learn the full powers of the English language,” Thomas Jefferson wrote.




Ungenial geniuses: Shaw on Shakespeare

We revisit an essay about Shakespeare and Shaw from the 1994 Folger exhibition “Roasting the Swan of Avon: Shakespeare’s Redoubtable Enemies and Dubious Friends.”





The Richard Stonley diary: Rediscovering an early Shakespeare purchase

Forty-five years ago on Shakespeare’s birthday, the Folger announced that Laetitia Yeandle, then curator of manuscripts, had “rediscovered” a long-lost diary entry marking the first recorded purchase of Shakespeare’s first publication, Venus and Adonis.



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