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William Shakespeare’s paper trail

“Days after arriving in London in 1603, King James I issues a warrant naming Shakespeare’s acting troupe The King’s Men. A law student summarizes his favorite plot device from “Twelfth Night” in a diary entry from 1602. A vicar of Stratford-upon-Avon describes Shakespeare as “a natural wit without any art at all,” and an early critic calls him an “upstart crow.” The Folger Shakespeare Library uses these and a host of other rare documents — many never before shown in the United States — to create a surprisingly intimate portrait of the world’s most famous author.” (via The Washington Post)

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Folger Librarian Headed to the Harry Ransom Center

“In the rare book and manuscript trade, G.T.T. — “gone to Texas” — has long been slang for treasures snapped up by the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, Austin. Soon, Stephen Enniss, the head librarian of the Folger Shakespeare Library, will become the latest rarity to get the designation.” (via NYTimes.com)

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Shakespeare in the Digital Age

WSJ – “There are 232 surviving First Folios of the works of William Shakespeare, and the world’s largest collection of them—82—is not in London, Oxford or anywhere else in England. The volumes are deep in the bowels of the Folger Shakespeare Library, a building tucked in among the U.S. Capitol, the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress. “Without these Folios, published in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death, 18 of his plays—including ‘Macbeth,’ ‘Julius Caesar,’ ‘Twelfth Night,’ ‘The Tempest’ and ‘As You Like It’—would have been lost,” says Michael Witmore, the Folger’s director since July, as we tour the underground stacks. “They originally sold for one British pound, worth around $200 present value,” he adds. But the price has gone up in the nearly 400 years since. “In 2001,” he says, “a single First Folio sold at Christie’s for $6.2 million.” I gingerly return the Folio I’ve been holding to its shelf.”

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