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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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Shakespeare Documented: Largest Online Shakespeare Resource Launches

“Shakespeare Documented, the largest and most authoritative resource for learning about primary sources that document the life and career of William Shakespeare, launches today, January 20, at www.shakespearedocumented.org. This free and publicly accessible online exhibition includes images, descriptions, and transcriptions of all known references and allusions to Shakespeare and his works during his lifetime and shortly thereafter, as well as additional references to his family.” (via PR Newswire)

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“An accidental discovery in a northern French library of an original first folio of Shakespeare’s plays – one of the rarest books in the world – has sent a jolt of excitement around the world of Shakespeare scholars.The 900-page tome was authenticated by a respected U.S.-based scholar over the weekend.The find brings the total of known first folios in the world to 233. It is significant as each first folio is a unique copy that can contain variations that can shed new light on the Shakespeare’s intentions.” (via Associated Press)


Simon & Schuster Releases New Interactive Shakespeare App

“Simon & Schuster is thrilled to share that Folger Shakespeare Library and Luminary Digital Media have recently launched an interactive app that will forever change the way people—particularly students and teachers—read, learn, and study Shakespeare in the 21st Century. In the last few years, over 4 million iPads were purchased by school districts in the U.S.; as of today, 2 million are already in use. The Folger Luminary Shakespeare app, which is built on Luminary’s social reading platform, is aimed at those who have introduced iOS mobile devices, like iPads, into the classroom.” (via Digital Book World)

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Macbeth Goes Digital: Folger Shakespeare Library Launches Digital Texts

“This past Thursday, the Folger Shakespeare Library launched Folger Digital Texts, a platform with easily searchable digital editions of 12 of the Bard’s best-known plays. While Shakespeare’s work has been in the public domain for the past few centuries, The Folger Library, according to a press release, hopes that this digitization will “significantly advance digital humanities research into the works of Shakespeare and other writers of his time.” Folger’s new platform allows users to download both PDFs of the plays and the source code of the texts. The goal here, like that of other new programs such as Rijksstudio, is to allow users to reuse and remix.”

via Digital Public Library of America

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To Compute or Not to Compute—Wolfram|Alpha Analyzes Shakespeare’s Plays

Wolfram|Alpha Blog – “For hundreds of years, scholars have carefully studied the plays of Shakespeare, breaking down the language and carefully dissecting every act and scene. We thought it would be interesting to see what sorts of computational insights Wolfram|Alpha could provide, so we uploaded the complete catalog of Shakespeare’s plays into our database. This allows our users to examine Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Othello, and the rest of the Bard’s plays in an entirely new way.”

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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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Filthy Shakespeare

Joseph B. Frazier – “In high school, when Miss Grundy rubbed your adolescent nose in Shakespeare, she was perhaps unaware that the Bard of Avon had ye pottye mouthe.”

Just in time for Banned Books Week. 🙂

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